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Tue Sep 7, 2021, 11:29 PM

Cape Verde's top court approves Maduro envoy's extradition to U.S.

Source: Reuters

PRAIA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Cape Verde's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who is wanted by U.S. authorities on charges of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela's government, should be extradited to the United States.

Saab, who is close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his plane stopped there to refuel. He faces extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating U.S. sanctions.

Saab's lawyers have called the U.S. charges "politically motivated."

A West African regional court ruled in March that Saab's detention was illegal because an Interpol red notice requesting his arrest was only issued the day after he was detained.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/cape-verde-court-approves-extradition-maduro-envoy-us-2021-09-07/

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