The figurehead of the Venezuelan dictator was boarded by justice on a plane from Cape Verde to Florida, where he faces money laundering charges.
Two things have revealed Nicolás Maduro for more than a year: the ongoing investigation at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and Alex Saab's fate in Cape Verde after his arrest and extradition request to the United States on 12 June 2020. The first of them could seat him in the central indictment bench on the planet on charges against humanity. The second is already underway and shakes not only him but all the Chavista leaders.
For its part, Saab's path forks: it becomes aware of collaborating with the North American justice system and detailing the corrupt structure that it helped to cement or becomes muddy in an endless judicial war that it will not be able to win. Immolating himself for Maduro and his leaders will ensure a long prison shadow - at least 20 years - and the impossibility of using his hundreds of millions of dollars.
The despair of the Miraflores Palace is fully explained. Saab, the Colombian frontman who multiplied his bread -and those of Chavismo- from the millionaire food business for Venezuelans with CLAP boxes, could not only describe in detail the scam is not only about food in poor condition but also the links between the government and drug trafficking and money laundering, the main culprit of which is the accused. As a successful entrepreneur, you know how to trade your knowledge.
After the news broke that he was aboard the Gulf Stream G550, an alarm went off in Caracas, and nerves exploded.
Tomorrow, both representatives of the dictatorship and the Venezuelan opposition should meet in Mexico again. However, Chavismo has already suspended the meeting.
Long Maduro and his main ally, Russia, had warned that rickety dialogue could break if Saab was transferred to the United States .
The Ministry of Communication of Venezuela issued a statement immediately. Unbridled. They accused Washington of having "kidnapped a diplomat" during 491 and subjected him to torture. An absurdity. Strictly speaking, the Colombian never had the stature of an ambassador until he was arrested on that tiny island in the Atlantic. Once behind bars, Miraflores gave him that status. It was late.
Towards the end of August, when the regime still hoped that it would not be brought to the United States, the Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, When asked about the incompatibility of being a state provider and a diplomat, did not know what to answer.
The lawyer, a self-proclaimed poet, knew that his request had gone unreasonable.
Colombian President Iván Duque was among the first to cross the Trans-Atlantic. "This is a victory in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption that led to the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro," he wrote on his Twitter account.
inutes later, Maduro's vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, responded by calling Colombia a "narco-state."
However, the greatest severity occurred in the afternoon of Saturday, when intelligence agents went to the homes of six former managers of Citgo, a company with North American capital. All have been serving house arrest since May 2021. All United States citizens. He was abducted by agents of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, Dark DGCIM. They are six new hostages from Miraflores.
The captivity occurred in the same week that General Raúl Baduel, one of the most emblematic Venezuelan political prisoners, died in strange circumstances. Maduro does not cease in his efforts to give arguments to the International Criminal Court to judge him once and for all. The dictator is in an apparent state of despair. The prosecutor of The Hague, Karim Khan, adds pages to his file.
Meanwhile, in well-guarded Russia, the Saab family lives. A person who used to be close to the Chavista power structure was ironic about those particular vacations: he said no one knows for sure if residence there was a guarantee or a threat. Whatever the alternative, he is confident that the Colombian-born and Venezuelan-born businessman will keep his mouth shut.