#FreeAlexSaab: Over 50,000 Venezuelans protest against prolonged detention of diplomat in Cape Verde

Again, over 50,000 Venezuelans on Saturday protested against prolonging the detention of the country’s diplomat, Alex Saab by Cape Verdean’s government.

Alex Saab a diplomat of Venezuela was alleged by the US government of money laundering and was arrested and detained in Cape Verde by its government.

Meanwhile, over 50,000 Venezuelans have taken to the streets of Caracas, the country’s capital, to protest the prolonged detention of Alex Saab, the country’s diplomat.

This is coming up for the second time in three weeks after the protests of January 31st, 2021 where thousands of Venezuelans thronged out to protest the prolonged detention.

Saturday protest was coordinated by the opposition party leader of Cape Verde and thousands of the protesters were armed with placards with hashtag #FreeAlexSaab inscriptions.

The Venezuelan government held that Saab had been on a mission to get food and medical supplies, stopping over in Cape Verde and he was arrested by security operatives.

It could be recalled that former US President, Donald Trump requested for his extradition over allegations of money laundering, a move the Venezuelan government faulted with claims that the businessman is its special envoy on a ‘humanitarian mission.

Following his Arrest, Saab’s lawyer and the Cape Verdean government engaged in a legal battle. Mr Saab’s house arrest application was recently granted following the ECOWAS ruling.

The Independent and Democratic Cape Verdean Union (UCID), an opposition party, has berated the Jorge Carlos Fonseca led government for dragging the country into an international conflict with Venezuelan, describing the act as “Obscure”.

The party urged the government to allow the institutions of justice function without internal or external political pressure, warning that, “the implication of non-adherence to international law, including multilateral and bilateral agreements.

According to the opposition, “Cape Verde needs to pay attention to obscure diplomatic manoeuvres, pressures of any kind or truculent and unreasonable promises, you need to apply the laws of the Republic with respect for international law, including multilateral and bilateral agreements.

Yet on Friday, the Supreme Court of Justice of Cape Verde, denied Mr Saab’s habeas corpus’ insisting that the diplomat is already free.

Adeola Abejide

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