The pandemic delayed the hearing of Alex Saab in the United States to schedule the trial for laundering.

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source: mailbd.net

The pandemic delayed the hearing of Alex Saab in the United States to schedule the trial for laundering.

The new date is February 16. Judge Robert N. Scola explained that the defendant would have to spend 14 days in quarantine if the hearing were to take place on January 7, as scheduled.

The hearing to schedule the trial of Colombian-Venezuelan businessman Alex Saab, considered the frontman of the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and accused in the United States of conspiracy to launder money, was postponed to February 16 due to the explosion of the COVID-19 in Florida.

According to court documents, the "status" hearing, which was scheduled for next Friday, January 7, was postponed Tuesday by Judge Robert N. Scola.

"Given the increase in COVID-19, if the hearing were to take place on January 7, the defendant would have to be quarantined for 14 days after the hearing, which would interfere with his ability to consult with an attorney. ", indicates the judge's ruling.

Saab, 50, was extradited to the US on October 16 from Cape Verde. He was arrested in 2020 following an international arrest warrant requested by the US justice.

The businessman faces a conspiracy charge to commit money laundering in a Miami court. He pleaded "not guilty" on November 15 before Judge Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes.

Judge Scola, earlier this month, dismissed seven money laundering charges against the defendant.

The reduction of charges as part of the extradition agreement with the Government of Cape Verde. If he is found guilty, the sentence does not exceed what he would have had in that African country.

Saab faces a sentence of about 20 years if he is found guilty of the only charge he has in Miami court, a penalty that can be reduced if he makes a deal with the Prosecutor's Office, which usually includes an accusation of other people.

Judge Scola ordered on November 29 to veto the public the evidence and documents that are presented as part of the trial of Colombian-Venezuelan Alex Saab.

According to court documents, the judge thus agreed to a request from the US Attorney's Office, which had the approval of Saab's defense.