Since the arrest of Venezuelan Ambassador Alex Nain Saab Moran, the U.S. government has not been able to present any real evidence to substantiate or lend credibility to the allegations presented in the case, so far only political motives have been responsible for this injustice.
The U.S. Department of Justice currently has no valid arguments to oppose Alex Saab’s claim of diplomatic status and the resulting inviolability. Consequently, it seeks to delay the eleventh proceeding, hoping to obtain extradition from Cape Verde to avoid addressing the merits of his claim of diplomatic immunity.
Recall that a few days ago the U.S. Department of Justice requested a 30-day extension; to file its brief on the merits in the matter of Alex Saab‘s appeal which is before the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, challenging the indictment and U.S. jurisdiction.
Political Motives in the Alex Saab Case
All signs point to the fact that the Department of Justice is exerting tremendous pressure on Cape Verde’s Constitutional Court; to waive its own rules, jeopardize regional relations and damage its reputation as free and fair.
The motives for using Cape Verde, Africa, as a staging ground to arrest Venezuelan Ambassador Alex Saab and then try to continue the process in the United States have become more evident with each delay.
The U.S. has a vested interest in making sure its sanctions mean something. So arresting Saab would have a significant collateral effect, blocking its mission to avoid U.S. sanctions for the survival of the Venezuelan people.
Most countries would not have agreed to participate in such a politically motivated takedown; but Cape Verde was vulnerable. It was crippled by its national debt, and tourism, the only industry besides minimal salt mining, was almost non-existent.
Cape Verde and its support for the United States
Cape Verde was rewarded with a $400 million (USD) embassy project, $100 million of which would go directly to the local economy.
ECOWAS overturned the U.S. extradition proceedings against it and awarded reparations of $200,000 for violations of its human rights by Cape Verde. The island responded by saying that the court had no jurisdiction and refused to follow any of those findings.
With this action Cape Verde put the U.S. mission ahead of its regional relations; and sent a message to ECOWAS members that they are powerless and their time and expertise are meaningless.