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Venezuelan exile says Saab extradition reveals what Maduro wanted from dialogue with opposition

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The reaction of the Venezuelan tyranny to the extradition of the businessman Alex Saab a USA, considered the front man of the illegitimate president Nicolas Maduro, shows what the true intention of the Venezuelan dialogue was, said José Colina, president of Venezuelans Persecuted Politicians in Exile (Veppex), who was sure that the extradited person will speak.

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Colina, a former Venezuelan military exile in the United States for years, stressed that the abrupt breakdown of dialogue by the Venezuelan regime in protest at Saab’s extradition from Cape Verde is a serious and extremely important blow.

In his opinion, with that reaction, Maduro has revealed that his interest in dialoguing with the opposition was none other than getting rid of or minimizing US sanctions against Venezuelan officials.

It also – he said – leaves the opponents who continued with the dialogue in a bad role after the Chavista regime included Saab, in absentia, among its representatives in the talks in Mexico.

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Saab, born in Barranquilla (Colombia) 49 years ago and nationalized Venezuelan, was extradited this Saturday from Cape Verde, where he had been detained for more than a year, to respond to the US Justice for money laundering from shell companies created abroad to channel the benefits of a wide network of corruption in Venezuela.

This Monday he will appear before a federal judge in Miami for the first time since his extradition.

The president of Veppex, who has summoned Venezuelans in Miami to demonstrate in court during the hearing, has no doubt which option Saab will choose now that it is in the hands of the US Justice: to collaborate so that his sentence is as reduced as possible. possible or subject to a public trial.

“It will corroborate information that the United States already has and provide new information,” he stresses.

This will allow the prosecution of at least 400 Venezuelan soldiers and businessmen implicated in the corruption scheme that Venezuela has looted, he said.

It will also expose the countries that have helped to set up the network’s shell companies, some Latin Americans among them, as well as China, Russia and Turkey, the ex-military said.

Colina stressed that Maduro, in his desperation to remove Saab from the United States, exhausted all instances except the one to physically destroy him, and he congratulated himself that he had not achieved his goal.

In addition, he called on the United States Government and the international community to open their eyes and realize that the way to end “a gang of criminals is neither dialogue nor negotiation.

The Chavista regime, led by Maduro Diosdado Cabello, among others, has described the extradition of Saab as “kidnapping” and denounced the “illegality” of the process, in addition to unilaterally breaking the dialogue and returning six former directors of the Venezuelan company Citgo to prison. – a subsidiary of state oil company PDVSA in the United States – who had been convicted of corruption last year, and placed under house arrest.

The directors have Venezuelan and American nationality, according to their lawyers.


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