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El Tiempo: Saab Fears Assassination in Custody

Colombia’s El Tiempo reported today that Alex Saab–a Maduro regime insider currently in custody in Cabo Verde over allegations of his involvement in a corruption scandal worth hundreds of millions of dollars–fears that he will be assassinated in custody.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, El Tiempo reported that Saab asked the court to be given a medical and psychological exam to certify his health and that, according to the source, “that he is not going to try to kill himself”. The source continued:

He’s afraid that he’ll be assassinated, and that it’ll look like suicide.

Saab is wanted in the United States for corruption-related crimes. Saab has long been rumoured to have intimate business connections with high-ranking members of the Maduro government including the president himself, making his detention and likely extradition to the United States a potential treasure trove for prosecutors.

Saab was arrested in Cabo Verde on June 12 of this year.


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