The presidential commissioner for foreign relations, Julio Borges, said that the speed with which the relationship between Maduro and Iran has advanced should generate a reaction from the West, and reiterated that both Maduro and Iran fear that Saab’s extradition will take place, since the Colombian was the hinge between Caracas and Tehran.
“The speed of the relationship between Maduro and Iran must lead to a reaction from the West. It is a bond that is strengthened based on terrorism and the black economy that today sustains Maduro,” he said.
“Both regimes fear the extradition of Alex Saab, who knows all the details of this relationship,” he said.
The representative of the interim government’s foreign policy called for trust in Cape Verdean justice and questioned the role of Baltazar Garzón as Saab’s defender. “Yesterday a very important step was taken in the case of Alex Saab, we must trust in the justice system of Cape Verde so that this process is carried out and justice is done for millions of Venezuelans. However, it is important that we are clear about who the defense of Mr Saab is. This is Mr. Baltasar Garzón who said he would appeal the decision, and he is linked to that circle of corruption and organized crime of Nicolás Maduro, he was the lawyer of Evo Morales and a friend of Zapatero. Today his fees for defending Saab come from the money of the Venezuelan people,” he said.
Borges also recalled that Alex Saab was until recently the main front man for Nicolás Maduro and his family. He pointed out that the control that Saab came to have over Venezuela was unprecedented as a businessman, since in his opinion his networks touched sectors such as construction, food, gold, oil and much more. He said that the installation of the Iranian supermarket Megasis took place in premises that belonged to Saab.
Finally, Borges expressed his solidarity with the victims and their families of the explosion that occurred yesterday in Beirut.