The arrest and kidnapping of Alex Saab on June 12th, 2020 is a violation of international law executed by Cape Verdean authorities, at the request of the United States, despite lacking an INTERPOL Red Notice, an arrest warrant violating his diplomatic immunity. Subsequently, the U.S. requested his extradition on June 29th, 2020, and on October 16th, 2021 without having completed the judicial process in Cape Verde, he was forcibly removed from Cape Verde to a prison in the United States, where he remains.
The persecution and prosecution of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab is undeniably politically motivated and represents one facet of current imperialist hegemony. As was stated by former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, in his recently published book A Sacred Oath, “The U.S. did, in fact, know that Alex Saab was on a Special Mission to negotiate an agreement between Iran and Venezuela to receive more fuel, food, and medical supplies, and therefore was instrumental in keeping the [Maduro] regime afloat”.
As it is widely known, Venezuela has suffered the consequences of the illegal blockade imposed by the U.S. government since 2015. And as pointed out in Mark Esper’s book, that was precisely the mission entrusted to Alex. He was on his way to carry out a humanitarian mission to procure staples food, fuel, medicines, and medical
equipment urgently needed in Venezuela.
These actions not only violate international law, in particular the Convention of Vienna of Diplomatic Relations, which establishes full immunity and inviolability for Special Envoys, as well as Alex’s human rights, in particular his right to a fair trial and due process.
This documentary narrates the injustice committed against a Venezuelan diplomat whose only crime was to circumvent the North American sanctions and buy food, medicine, and fuel for the Venezuelan people.
Alex Saab, a diplomat without immunity!