Colombian businessman Álex Saab, allegedly the figurehead of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, has asked the authorities of the Cape Verde prison, where he has been detained since his arrest in June, for a transfer to house arrest for humanitarian reasons.
“Because of his serious health problems, he requests that he be placed under house arrest, a sensible request that he makes with due regard to the Cape Verde authorities,” said a letter from his lawyers collected by Europa Press.
Saab was arrested after his private but Venezuelan ID plane was arrested as soon as he landed to refuel on a route from Russia to Iran.
The businessman is a Colombian financial agent whom the United States accuses of being one of the most powerful men in Maduro. In May last year, it was announced that the Venezuelan president had appointed Saab to promote an agreement to exchange gold for fuel additives with Iran.