Authorities in the US located 700 million dollars of Alex Saab in the principality of Liechtenstein, located between Switzerland and Austria. This finding means a great blow to the front man of the Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.
The money was found in several banks in that country. In addition to the 700 million, new seizures will be made in at least three countries, US federal sources confirmed to the newspaper Time
Investigators will now have to establish whether the seized money belongs to CLAP food boxes, contract that the Chavista regime granted to Saab.
A US government official indicated in July 2019 that with the CLAPs, whose aid is given to the poorest, the Colombian businessman and three of Maduro’s stepchildren apparently profited from “hundreds of millions of dollars”.
The news follows rumors of his possible extradition to the United States this week. However, the transfer of the Colombian figurehead to the North American country is in the hands of the Cape Verde Court, which could make the decision until the second week of October.
So far, the authorities of the African archipelago have preferred to remain silent about the possible extadition of the front man of the Chavista dictator.
The newspaper El Time established that the controls to Saab increased after they found an object in his cell with which he was mutilating himself. In addition, other items were seized from the Colombian and banned from cutting his hair.
On the other hand, Cape Verde’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) denied that Saab had been tortured in a prison in the African country at the request of the United States.
In a brief statement issued in Praia, the Cape Verdean capital, the PGR indicated that it made a surprise visit to the jail on the northern island of Sal where the figurehead is being held.
The Public Ministry released the note after Saab last week, in a letter published by the Spanish newspaper The world, will denounce that he has “suffered torture” from “four native Cape Verdean employees” that the United States has in prison.
The businessman alleged that these “torture” was inflicted on him to sign “the voluntary extradition to the United States” and make “false statements against President Maduro and his family.”
However, the PRG indicated that, after the visit of two prosecutors and a justice official to the prison, the team concluded that “there is no indication that the detainee has been tortured.”
“On the contrary, there are strong indications that he has been mutilating himself inside the cell, which led the prison management to remove the personal object used for this purpose”, Stressed the Attorney General.
The Prosecutor’s Office added that the visit took place “after learning of the complaint made by the national citizen of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, provisionally detained for extradition, that the US has four Cape Verdean employees who are torturing him in the prison where he is being held.”
The Colombian businessman was arrested on June 12 when his plane stopped to refuel at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal (the most important in Cape Verde)., in response to a request from the United States through Interpol for alleged money laundering offenses.
In addition to the 700 million found, Washington also brought charges against Saab and its right-hand man, Álvaro Enrique Pulido, whom it accuses of laundering up to 350 million dollars allegedly defrauded through the exchange control system in Venezuela..
According to the United States, between November 2011 and September 2015, Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder their illicit earnings and transfer them from Venezuela to US bank accounts, which is why Washington has jurisdiction in the case.