Colombian Businessman's Lawyers Protest US Extradition
Muhammad Irfan 12 days ago Fri 10th September 2021 | 08:50 AM
Caracas, Sept 10 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Sep, 2021 ) :Lawyers for a graft-accused Colombian businessman who is a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday slammed a decision by a Cape Verde court to extradite him to the United States for trial.
They risk up to 20 years in prison.
Saab, who has Venezuelan nationality and a Venezuelan diplomatic passport, was indicted in July 2019 in Miami for money laundering, and was arrested during a plane stopover in Cape Verde in June 2020.
Saab's lawyers issued a statement Thursday saying the ruling heralded the "death of the rule of law" in Cape Verde, and was a response "to the purely political interests of an agenda dictated by Washington." One of the lawyers, Pinto Monteiro, said the team would "launch a strong challenge to important legal points." Cape Verde President Jorge Carlos Fonseca insisted that neither he nor his government "interfere in judicial decisions.""I reaffirm that we are a very credible democratic state with the rule of law and we are respected everywhere," he said. "The courts decided in full freedom and autonomy."Under Cape Verde law, the state has 45 days to execute the extradition order.