The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, ratified that the extradition process of Álex Saab to the United States continues its course in Cape Verde and described the authorities of that country as “respectful and guarantors of the laws and the rule of law.”
The Supreme Court of Cape Verde yesterday ratified Saab’s extradition to the United States, an action that Vecchio congratulated. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said.
In an interview with the Venezuelan journalist César Miguel Rondón in his program Día a Día, Vecchio denounced all the actions of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship to try to influence the African continent seeking to release “this is a main figurehead and person responsible for the crisis, the humanitarian emergency and the suffering and pain of Venezuelans.”
“Maduro’s regime has done everything to manipulate, misinform, delay and deceive the media and society in Cape Verde, to paint Álex Saab as a saint, when he is a gangster of a mafia that looted Venezuela,” he remarked.
The Venezuelan diplomat in Washington DC stressed that the complaints about Saab are an example of the importance of the United States maintaining sanctions against officials of Maduro’s regime, which seek in first instance to stop corruption, the looting of the Nation and the systematic violation of human rights in Venezuela.
“Sanctions are an additional mechanism to a set of actions that could generate the conditions for a political change in Venezuela. These sanctions have also another purpose, because it impedes illegal activities from being committed, or from continuing activities to finance terrorist groups,” he said.
He also reported that in the US there are about 20 cases of corruption “that involve PDVSA for bribes they have paid, money laundering or for being linked to terrorist groups” and that “there is a political game that Maduro has played to try to justify that sanctions are the problem, when in reality the real bane is Maduro.”
He reported that as a complement, the Senate and the US House of Representatives are promoting the Bolívar Bill, which “in general terms, says that it will not allow federal agencies of the United States to enter into trade negotiations or any other type with the regime or its associates, leaving clear exceptions on medicines, food and humanitarian aid.”
Of these mechanisms the ambassador highlights the bipartisan line that remains in favor of the Venezuelan cause and the message of standing firm “against a regime that today tramples the human rights of Venezuelans, commits crimes against humanity, and promotes international crime through drug trafficking and corrupt people like Alex Saab and its support for the people of Venezuela to rescue their democracy,” which in his opinion “is the opposite of the message that Nicolás Maduro and Jorge Rodríguez sent saying that with the new administration everything was already settled.”
Finally, he stressed that the sanctions must continue and that they must be permanently reviewed in an intelligent way so that they continue working for the objectives of putting pressure on Maduro.
“Every time there has been some kind of exploration of conversations with the regime for the sake of a democratic transition in Venezuela, the main issue that hurts and affects the regime are sanctions, which shows the effectiveness and importance of continuing and maintaining them,” he stated.
Vecchio reiterated his satisfaction because soon the Venezuelan people will have full justice in the Saab case.
“Those responsible for so much pain and suffering must pay,” he concluded.