The Colombian-Venezuelan businessman Álex Saab, who was imprisoned in Cape Verde at the request of the United States as the alleged front man of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, has written a letter to the Prime Minister of the African archipelago, Ulisses Correia, asking him to give his supposed to respect diplomatic immunity and allow him to return to Venezuela, stressing that he is the victim of a “politically motivated” process.
“I have an obligation to write to you in view of the great injustice that has been committed,” he says, alluding to the decision by the Cape Verdean judiciary to approve the United States’ extradition request “without cause”. Saab said he was denied the right to a hearing and the prosecutor’s report, “something unprecedented in Cape Verde’s legal history”.
“I am simply asking for justice and that Cape Verde, as a member of the United Nations, will respect my immunity and allow me to return to my country,” claims Saab, who insists on the argument that he has diplomatic immunity as a “special envoy” to the Venezuelan government and it must be released immediately.
Saab was arrested on June 12 in Cape Verde, where he made a technical stop on his journey to Iran, where he was on a “special humanitarian mission under the title of special envoy with full immunity under international law” for “negotiating the delivery of Gasoline and other products like spare parts to boost Venezuela’s oil industry. “