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Alex Saab was acquitted of alleged money laundering in Colombia

The Prosecutor's Office could not prove that the businessman laundered assets through his company Shatex in Colombia

A specialized court has just absolved, in the first instance, businessman Alex Saab of alleged money laundering in Colombia, reported El Espectador.

In addition, the Prosecutor's Office accused him of the crimes of aggravated fraud and export. However, the judge in the case determined that the investigative entity could not verify this statement during the trial.

According to the judge in the case, the defense's expert reports show that the Saab company complied with everything determined by the Colombian authorities when reporting exports and imports.

The businessman was identified by the United States authorities as a front man for President Nicolás Maduro and was accused of using his Colombian company, Shatex, to supposedly carry out fictitious imports and exports for more than $25.000 million.

Saab defense arguments

On May 2, during the hearing of arguments at the conclusion of the trial, Saab's lawyer in Colombia, Camilo Bocanegra Bernal, indicated that: "Today I can categorically say: the Prosecutor's Office has been left with an evidentiary deficit in front of its judicial bench. , and this defense fulfilled each and every one of its evidentiary promises. Therefore, from now on I ask this judicial court that the ruling be acquittal for each and every one of the crimes for which Mr. Saab was summoned to criminal trial.”

He also indicated that "my main promise, Mr. Judge, was to put a face, give them identity, remove them from that underworld of the unreal, the apparent, to those foreign trade operations, exports and imports that the nation's attorney general's office labeled as 'fictitious.' ' or 'unreal'. That was then my main evidentiary promise.”

Furthermore, he pointed out that the theory of the case presented by the Prosecutor's Office was collapsed by the experts hired by Saab: There is no factual evidence with a legal basis to support the theory that there were unusual foreign trade operations.

The import operations carried out by Shatex follow the behavior of imports of raw materials carried out by companies in the clothing import and export market, he concluded.

“The truth prevailed over the lie”

Businessman Alex Saab, through a post published on his official account on X, noted that “We won in Colombia! The truth prevailed over the lie. They won't be able to beat us. Greetings to the longliners, the fake news was of no use to them.”

Won in Switzerland

In 2021, the Geneva Prosecutor's Office closed the investigation into alleged money laundering through accounts in Switzerland on the diplomat Alex Saab. At the time, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the procedure opened against Saab in 2018 was already classified in December 2020 due to lack of evidence. It should be noted that while this occurred, he was kidnapped in Cape Verde on orders from the United States.

Despite pressure from the US, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) stressed that Saab should be released, considering his detention arbitrary and illegal, he says. VenezuelaNews on their web portal.

He won in Ecuador

In Ecuador, Saab was also declared innocent of the charges in one of the most obvious lawfare cases against him. There they called him the owner of the Ecuadorian company Fondo Global de Construcciones to accuse him of alleged money laundering. Nor was there a single conclusive piece of evidence against him.

Another triumph for Saab was at the UN

In 2023, UN rapporteurs also asked the United States to release Alex Saab from the kidnapping in which it held him. They highlighted that the Cape Verde courts rejected appeals against his extradition and ignored his diplomatic status as well as the decision in his favor by the Court of the Community of West African States, and the multiple official communications from Venezuela, as well as the recommendations of various human rights mechanisms, including those of the UN Human Rights Council.

Won in the US

Finally, on March 29, 2024, in the Federal Court of the Southern District of Florida, Judge Robert Scola ordered the dismissal of all charges against Alex Saab. After 3 and a half years without being able to present evidence against him and without being able to obtain false statements against the Government of Venezuela.

On December 20, 2023, he was finally released in a prisoner exchange with the United States, with which they intended to cover the political kidnapping. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, granted a presidential pardon to the diplomat, who was accused of money laundering without any evidence.

“The United States of America, by and through its counsel, respectfully requests that pursuant to Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Court permit the United States to dismiss without prejudice the Indictment against defendant Alex Nain Saab Moran, and this defendant alone, pursuant to an Executive Grant of Clemency signed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on December 15, 2023,” the ruling said.

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