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Venezuela President’s Envoy Appeals Extradition to U.S. in Court

  • Cape Verde court ruled last week Saab must be sent to U.S.
  • Lawyers file appeal to West African nation’s supreme court
Graffiti that reads in Spanish "Freedom For The Diplomat Alex Saab" in Caracas, on Feb. 4.
Graffiti that reads in Spanish "Freedom For The Diplomat Alex Saab" in Caracas, on Feb. 4.Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Lawyers representing a businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have appealed a Cape Verde court’s ruling that he be extradited to the U.S.

The appeal filed at the Supreme Court in the capital, Praia, stated that the arrest of Colombian businessman Alex Saab in the archipelago nation in June last year was illegal and the extradition process should be suspended, according to the document received from his lawyers Thursday. The “series of violations” in the decision to extradite him are against the West African country’s constitution, it said.