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Cape Verde court rejects Maduro envoy’s appeal against US extradition

Cape Verde court rejects Maduro envoy’s appeal against US extradition

06A court in Cape Verde has rejected an appeal from a detained Colombian businessman seeking to avoid extradition to the United States on money laundering charges, his defence team has said. Alex Saab, who has been working on behalf of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was arrested in June when a plane he was travelling on landed in the West African island nation. Maduro's government said Saab was travelling as a state "agent" on business to obtain humanitarian supplies to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The United States last year charged Saab in connection with a bribery scheme to take advantage…
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West African court orders release of Maduro envoy in Cape Verde

West African court orders release of Maduro envoy in Cape Verde

A West African court yesterday ordered Cape Verde to release Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who is wanted by U.S. authorities on charges of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela's government. Saab, who is close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde last June when his plane stopped there to refuel. He faces extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating U.S. sanctions. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court in Nigeria's capital Abuja ruled that Saab's detention was illegal because an Interpol red notice requesting his arrest was only issued the day…
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