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Alex Saab’s arrest illegal – Lawyers

Jose Landim Jl Luís José Landim, Cape Verde's Attorney General

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 Source: Benjamin Blay, Contributor

Lawyers representing South American special envoy, Alex Nain Saab Moran have described their client’s detention and arrest as illegal.

They further requested the Republic of Cape Verde to release their client following the directive given by the ECOWAS court of justice.

The lawyers in a 5-page document noted that there was no proof to show that there was a red alert issued for the arrest of Alex Nain Saab Moran.

"The first is a copy of the alleged Interpol Red Notice which Natalino Correia claims to have shown from his mobile phone to Alex Saab. As can be seen, the document is explicit in stating that no arrest warrant has been received by Interpol to support the request for the publication of the Red Notice.”

"The second document is the warrant contained in the Extradition Request sent by the United States on 29 June 2020. Contrary to José Landim’s declaration, it is very clear that the warrant in not in the name of Alex Saab. It does not matter what translations may say, because the only document which counts is the original warrant provided and it is clearly not in the name of Alex Saab,” the document read.

The legal practitioners said Alex Nain Saab Moran’s fundamental human rights was abused after the Prosecutor General of Carpe Verde acted through political expediency in having the envoy arrested.

The ECOWAS Court of Justice in its judgment delivered on 15 March 2021, declared illegal the arrest and detention of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Nain Saab Moran, ordered his release from further custody, quashed the extradition proceedings against him to the United States and awarded him $200,000 reparation for the violations of his human rights by Cape Verde.

But on April 15, 2021, the Government of Cape Verde filed two motions praying the ECOWAS Court to set aside the Judgment.

Both motions were opposed by the defence team of Alex Saab and in today’s decision, which followed a hearing on 31 May, the ECOWAS Court confirmed their earlier ruling.

The lawyers insisted that the confirmation by the court ended the legal tussle, and that, the Republic of Cape Verde had no more excuses to justify its non-compliance with the binding decisions of the ECOWAS Court.

Source: Benjamin Blay, Contributor