DOJ spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman said in a statement Sunday that US Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan is expected to appear in his preliminary courtroom at 1 p.m. ET.
“By offering food through this program, the former regime has been able to maintain its influence because many Venezuelan citizens do not have enough money to buy food and are therefore dependent on the rations that CLAP provides to survive. does.”
Because of his indictment in the US, an Interpol Red Notice was issued. In June 2020, Saab was detained during a trip from Venezuela to Iran when his jet stopped for refueling in Cape Verde, an African island nation.
He was extradited Saturday, and the DOJ said Saab’s extradition was carried out “in full compliance with all relevant Cabo Verdine laws and court decisions.”
“The US Department of Justice expresses its gratitude to the government of Cabo Verde for its assistance and perseverance in this complex case and for its appreciation of the professionalism of Cabo Verde’s judicial system,” the DOJ statement said.
But Saab’s lawyer alleged in a video statement on Saturday that Saab was “kidnapped” by the United States and that his extradition “violated” Cape Verde’s rules of internal law and international law.
CITGO 6 includes former CITGO Petroleum Corporation executives – Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cárdenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Wedel and Alirio Jose Zambrano.
He was arrested in Caracas in 2017 on charges of embezzlement and has been under house arrest since May. He has denied the allegations.
The men were taken to the Helicoid prison in Caracas, after being picked up by Venezuela’s intelligence service Sabin, lawyers Jesus Loreto and María Alejandra Polio told Granthshala on Sunday.
The US State Department condemned the imprisonment of “six wrongfully detained Americans in Venezuela”.
“These six Americans and their families have suffered for a long time,” the State Department said in a statement on Sunday. “The United States continues to call for his immediate release and return to the United States.”
Akanksha Sharma and Isa Soares contributed to this report.
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