Chavismo He draws his last letter to save Alex Saab from exile. The head of the Chavista delegation, Jorge Rodríguez, announced on Tuesday that he will include the alleged front man of Nicolás Maduro, who is detained in Cape Verde, at the negotiating table with the opposition in Mexico.
Rodríguez, president of the Chavista National Assembly, established nine months ago, reported that Alex Saab, with diplomatic jurisdiction granted by the regime, affirmed that his incorporation into the Chavista delegation aims to “Work the social protection agreement”.
His unusual announcement was launched just a week after the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde approved in its final 190-page sentence that authorizes his extradition to the United States, which should be about to materialize in the next few days.
Entrepreneur Alex Saab, born in Barranquilla, Colombia, was arrested in Cape Verde in June 2020 when he was in transit on that African island on his way to Iran in his private plane. Since then, he has waited for the decision of the Cape Verdean authorities while the Maduro regime tries by all means to avoid his extradition to the United States.
Justice of the United States he hopes to try him for money laundering of more than $ 350 million. The investigations carried out by Transparencia Venezuela and the digital portal Armando.info show that the billionaire Saab has amassed a fortune that exceeds more than 1,500 million dollars in shady deals of some 89 companies distributed in 17 countries in the world.
His fortune he made it trafficking preferential dollars that was granted first by Hugo Chávez and then by Nicolás Maduro, the popular housing contracts and the importation of food with a premium, called Local Food and Production Committees (CLAP), oil and drug trafficking.
Rodríguez’s announcement surprised the coalition of Unitary Platform parties that supports interim president Juan Guaidó, that today rejected that Alex Saab could be defended when he was a fugitive who trafficked with “the hunger of Venezuelans.”
The negotiation table between Chavismo and the opposition unitary platform, which began on August 13 in Mexico City under the auspices of Norway and the hospitality of the Mexican government, and will hold its third round between September 24 and 27, the opposing delegates still do not imagine what the participation of Alex Saab will be like, whether virtual or face-to-face.
Currency of exchange?
Several analysts commented that the Chavistas could use a Saab cardboard figure like the one used by the Colombian FARC in 2012 of the guerrilla imprisoned in the US, Juvenal Ovidio Ricardo Palmera, during their negotiations with the Colombian government in Cuba. The intention was for him to have cardboard to negotiate his pardon. But the cardboard narco-guerrilla doll did not prosper.
Other analysts believe that Chavismo you can use Saab as a bargaining chip to gain advantages at the negotiating table, as well as they have pressed with the release of political prisoners due to the lifting of the sanctions that weigh against the Chavista regime.
For the opposition, the incorporation of Saab is a low blow because in the third round in Mexico they will debate the necessary reforms to the judicial system of judges and prosecutors, political and civil rights, that mostly respond to Chavista orders.