Russia Knocks US Over Planned ‘Illegal’ Extradition Of Alex Saab

Russia has condemned the United States over its involvement within the arrest and detention of Alex Saab, a particular envoy of the Venezuelan authorities who was arrested in Cape Verde.

Saab was arrested on June 12, 2020, after his non-public jet made a visit Cape Verde on his option to Iran for a humanitarian mission on behalf of the Venezuelan authorities.

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The businessman is caught up in a feud between Venezuela, his nation, and the US.

The US put stress on Cape Verde to arrest Saab with plans of extraditing him to face corruption costs.

But Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro who just lately appointed Saab as an envoy to the African Union (AU) kicked in opposition to the transfer.

Reacting in an announcement by its Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of Foreign Ministry, N.T. Lakhonin, Russian authorities described the transfer to extradite the enterprise to US as unlawful.

It added that the observe of seizing residents of different nations, together with the Russian Federation, in third nations on fabricated costs by U.S. regulation enforcement businesses, has turn into the notorious “business card” of the United States.

The assertion partly reads, “We would like to draw attention to the egregious situation around Venezuelan Special Envoy A. Saab, who in June 2020, despite his diplomatic passport, was detained at the request for extradition to the United States during the technical landing of his plane in Cape Verde.

“The practice of seizing citizens of other countries, including the Russian Federation, in third countries on fabricated charges by U.S. law enforcement agencies, has become the infamous ‘business card’ of the United States.

“Now Washington seems to have decided to ‘go to a new level’, setting a harmful precedent for the extradition of an authorized person with diplomatic status.

“We strongly condemn these actions, the politicized background of which is beyond doubt. We consider unacceptable attempts to apply U.S. law extraterritorially, including to settle political accounts with ‘undesirable’ governments through repression against their official representatives.

“At the same time, the humanitarian nature of A. Saab’s activities, who was fulfilling his mission to receive assistance in the fight against coronavirus infection, is ignored. This once again highlights the double standards of Washington, which tirelessly criticizes the Government of N. Maduro for ‘the suffering of the Venezuelan people’.

“We are convinced that the desire of the US authorities to extradite a third-country diplomat may have a negative impact on international relations and may have a ‘boomerang effect’ for any country, including the United States itself, as well as other states involved in dangerous games with international law.”

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Russia Knocks US Over Planned ‘Illegal’ Extradition Of Alex Saab

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