Venezuela urges the Government of Cape Verde to comply with the decision of ECOWAS on the case of Alex Saab

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela calls on the institutions of the State of the sisterly Republic of Cape Verde so that, considering the December holidays, when humanity gathers as a family to celebrate life and ask for a future of peace and justice, Venezuelan citizen Alex Nain Saab Morán, unjustly detained in that country since last June 12th, be granted a humanitarian measure that allows him to share with his loved ones in freedom, a condition that should never have been taken away from him. The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reminds the public that Mr. Saab, Special Envoy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela since 2018, whose functions are to facilitate the obtaining of medicines, food and other goods, in view of the criminal blockade that the Trump Administration has imposed on the entire Venezuelan society, was detained in Cape Verde at the request of Washington, taking advantage of a technical stopover of the aircraft that was transporting him, thus ignoring the inviolability of diplomatic immunity corresponding to his investiture of diplomatic agent. From the moment of his arbitrary detention, all the procedural lapses established by the Cape Verdean justice system to reach a conclusion of the judicial process have expire, which is why the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on December 2nd, 2020, ruled that Alex Saab be granted a measure of humanitarian nature, expressed as a measure of permanent house arrest. However, despite that Cape Verde is part of this African integration body and has accepted to be a full member of the Court, its institutions and authorities has not implemented the measure adopted by the ECOWAS Court. Furthermore, the approval of the ruling of this integration body was approved unanimously, including a favorable vote of the Honorable Cape Verdean Judge Januária Tavares Silva Moreira Costa. There is no doubt that the detention of Special Envoy Alex Saab is part of the obsessive siege campaign, orchestrated by the agonizing outgoing government of the United States against Venezuela, with the aim to inflict more suffering to the Venezuelan people and to destabilize its institutions and internal order. Appealing to justice, humanity and to the historical and fraternal relations between the two countries, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hopes that the State of Cape Verde will comply with and give due effect to the decision of the ECOWAS Court of December 2nd, 2020, and will dictate a humanitarian measure that guarantees the protection of the human rights of the Special Envoy, whose health has been deteriorated and compromised during the development of this unjust process. There is no legal element that prevents Mr. Alex Saab from enjoying the arrival of the new year together with his wife and children, victims of this perverse plot orchestrated from Washington.

Caracas, December 24th, 2020

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