The Saab affair is political and manipulated by the United States: Fabri | New

During an interview with teleSUR on Monday, Camilla Fabri, the wife of Alex Saab, the Venezuelan diplomat detained in the United States since 2021, denounced that his case is political and manipulated by the American government.

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“It has no legal basis. Washington used Cape Verde as a puppet to achieve what it wanted to do,” Fabri said, adding that the White House was aware of Saab’s diplomatic missions, such as the admits former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s book.

Referring to the confessions of the former Trump administration official, Fabri recalled that the United States knew that Saab was carrying out humanitarian missions to supply Venezuela with medicine and food amid the blockade caused by American sanctions against it. country.

“Esper knew that Saab had been made a diplomat in 2018, two years before he was kidnapped… Saab was considered a very important piece for the United States,” Fabri said, recalling that her husband had already carried out three humanitarian missions before. to be detained in Cape Verde.

On June 12, 2020, Alex Saab was traveling from Iran to Venezuela on a plane that made a refueling stop in Cape Verde. Following a request from the United States, this African country arrested the Bolivarian diplomat. On October 16, 2021, he was extradited to the United States, where he is charged with eight counts of money laundering.

Fabri stressed that her husband’s defense strategy is based on defending Venezuela’s sovereignty and respecting international diplomatic agreements. “We are facing a political and illogical case,” she said, recalling that an American court is currently analyzing the diplomatic status of Alex Saab.

For more than five years, US sanctions against Venezuela have prevented President Nicolas Maduro’s administration from accessing international markets to acquire goods and services. In response to these restrictions, the Bolivarian government shielded Saab and some companies by granting them diplomatic status so they could purchase food and medicine.

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