The Miami prosecutor’s office maintains that the figurehead of the Nicolás Maduro regime imprisoned in Cape Verde, Alex Saab, “does not enjoy diplomatic immunity under US law” according to eoumentos shared this Friday by AP journalist Joshua Goodman.
The dramatic case adds new chapters and twists constantly. According to the source: “They argue that if a judge accepts their motion to dismiss, it could open the floodgates for Venezuela to appoint other criminal defendants as diplomats. Saab was arrested on an official mission to Iran ”.
Saab’s defense affirms that when he was captured by the Cape Verdean authorities, he was serving as a diplomatic representative of Venezuela in a humanitarian mission in Iran, which would shield him from any arrest under the norms of international law.
NEW: Miami prosecutors say Alex Saab doesn’t enjoy diplomatic immunity under US law. They argue that if a judge grants his motion to dismiss, it could open floodgates to Venezuela’s naming of other criminal defendants as diplomats. Saab was arrested on an official mission to Iran pic.twitter.com/J44chzBunP
– Joshua Goodman (@APjoshgoodman) February 22, 2021