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US Kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: Alex Saab’s Case

Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with attorney Femi Falana about the shocking case of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who has been kidnapped for the crime of violating illegal sanctions in order to feed his country. Under pressure from the United States, Cape Verdean authorities arrested Saab in June of 2020 when he stopped in the country to refuel his plane while en route to a humanitarian mission in Iran. The US is seeking to extradite Saab over money laundering charges, however Falana explains why the case is invalid, accusing the US of practicing “gangsterism”. The US is persecuting Saab over his work in securing items for Venezuela’s CLAP program, which delivers basic goods to 6 million households on a monthly basis for virtually no cost.

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