The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela wishes to make clear to the international community its demand to the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde to comply with its obligation to guarantee the fundamental right to life, physical integrity and due process of Ambassador Alex Saab, who was illegally detained on June 12, 2020, in Isla de Sal.

In view of the plans of the United States to execute the kidnapping of Ambassador Alex Saab, as part of its continuous attacks on the sovereignty of our country, Venezuela calls on the authorities of Cape Verde to guarantee the integrity and security of the Venezuelan citizen in their custody.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela demands Cape Verde to comply with the decision adopted last June 8 by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, in which it instructs to guarantee the human rights of Ambassador Saab, including the suspension of his extradition to the United States of America.

Likewise, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela recalls the pronouncement of last March 15 of the Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which the institutions of the Republic of Cape Verde have ignored, according to which his detention has been arbitrary from the first moment, for which reason that high court demands his immediate release.

Finally, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela wishes to express its hope that, despite the enormous political pressure, both inside and outside the Republic of Cape Verde, the honorable Constitutional Court will stand firm and do justice to our Ambassador Alex Saab. The Constitutional Court has the extraordinary opportunity to affirm to the world that it fully assumes its role as a guarantor of human rights and international law, that it is a bulwark against arbitrariness and that it is a guardian of the rule of law in Cape Verde.

Caracas, June 23, 2021