The Cape Verde Constitutional Court has refused to hear the appeal of Colombian Venezuelan businessman Álex Saab, allegedly the figurehead of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, because not all judicial options in the African nation have been exhausted.
As Saab’s defense reported this Saturday, “the Constitutional Court essentially said that since it is a matter of last resort, Amparo does not have to rule on the issues raised by Saab as far as the court does.” The examination of the request for extradition has not yet been decided. “
“The Constitutional Court says that the Special Representative (Saab) must first go to the extradition court and can only appeal to the Supreme Court if he is unsuccessful there,” said the defense, consisting of former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón.
Saab’s attorneys said they were “surprised” by the Constitutional Court’s decision because they violated their client’s right to appeal.