After a year of his illegal detention and violation of his human rights, Ambassador Alex Saab sent a letter to the people of Cape Verde; and to the international community, to express his gratitude for all the support and affection received during this year.

“Brother people of Cape Verde, I am very grateful for your expressions of support during the last year and especially this last week”, expressed Saab in a letter sent through his lawyers.

In this letter, the Venezuelan ambassador denounces the illegality of his detention and the danger of extradition to the USA.

Alex Nain Saab Moran presents his case before the citizens of the small African republic and denounces that he has been kidnapped in that nation “under instructions from the United States”.

Alex Saab sends letter to the people of Cape Verde

The Venezuelan ambassador, Alex Saab, has been detained in Cape Verde for more than a year due to an extradition request from the United States; for which he denounced, once again, the illegality of his detention in a letter made public this Monday in which he thanked the expressions of support received from the people of Cape Verde.

In this letter, he describes the humanitarian mission that, on behalf of the Venezuelan State, he had been carrying out since 2018, with a view to overcoming “the vicious and immoral economic blockade unilaterally imposed by the United States”, a mission he said was entrusted to him by President Nicolás Maduro.

“I was humbled and honored to be appointed as Special Envoy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela…President Maduro entrusted me with this honor because I had demonstrated over many years, that I could fulfill government contracts on time and within budget,” the ambassador expressed.

He recalled that a large part of his task was to establish new commercial and financial relationships to replace those that had been lost due to the threat of U.S. sanctions and direct harassment, for which the United States now accuses him of an alleged crime of “sanctions evasion”.

He defended his role as special envoy, a figure that would be entitled to immunity and inviolability to move freely around the world, which is not exclusive to Venezuela, since the country that;has appointed more special envoys is the United States.

Alex Saab denounces illegalities in his detention

The Venezuelan ambassador described the conditions of his detention on June 12, 2020 in Cape Verde and the irregularities associated with the arrest warrant issued by Interpol against him.

Saab also denounced that the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia, has made his arrest, detention and extradition a political issue from the moment he was taken off the plane.

Also made reference to the fact that José Landim and the Cape Verdean attorney general have publicly admitted that there was no arrest warrant to back up the alleged Interpol red notice.

He similarly challenged José Landim, to explain why, if the red notice was the basis for his arrest, as he has proclaimed just a few days ago, he was not immediately released when the red;notice was cancelled on June 25, 2020 after Venezuela successfully challenged its issuance.

Saab expresses to the people of Cape Verde his confidence that, after admitting those mistakes the local authorities should immediately order his release.

Last week Alex Saab’s lawyers submitted two pieces of evidence that resulted in the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to declare that Saab’s detention;and arrest were illegal, thus requesting the prosecutor Jose Landim to grant him immediate release and to terminate the extradition process.

Below is the full letter sent by ambassador Alex Saab to the people of Cape Verde.

Hermano pueblo de Cabo Verde