Over 200,000 Venezuelans have on Sunday taken to the street of many cities of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela including the capital, Caracas, to protest the prolonged unlawful detention of Alex Saab, the country’s special envoy and ambassador to the African Union (AU) by the Cape Verde government.
The protest organized through social media campaign saw the citizens protesting the immediate release of Ambassador Saab and respect for his immunity
The protestors see this as an extension of a long-running politically motivated judicial overreach by the United States against Venezuela.
Alex Saab, an ally to Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, was arrested by Cape Verde’s security operatives and following a Red Notice issued by INTERPOL at the request of the United States earlier in June 2020 when his private jet had a stopover inside the Cape Verdean territory.
He was on his way to Iran for a humanitarian mission on behalf of the Venezuelan government before his arrest.
Since his arrest, Saab has been kept in Cape Verde’s government detention while political and legal struggles linger over who would take custody of the businessman between American and Venezuelan governments.
A Femi Falana-led legal team for the ECOWAS court case recently wrote a petition calling out Cape Verdean authority to suspend all extradition proceedings against the official until its main hearing, scheduled for February 2, in Abuja.
His other legal team also filed an application in a U.S. court planning to hear Mr Saab’s case on alleged money laundering.