Fugitive businessman extradited to US

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A fugitive businessman accused of acting as a money launderer for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime was extradited Saturday to the United States from Cape Verde, his legal team told AFP.

Manuel Pinto Monteiro, a lawyer for Saab in Cape Verde, said “we were informed that Alex Saab was put on a US Justice Department plane and sent to that country.”

Pinto Monteiro insisted the extradition was illegal because, he said, the legal process surrounding it in Cape Verde had not run its full course.

Venezuela reacted angrily to the extradition, suspending talks with the US-backed opposition in Mexico City. It had hoped to make Saab part of the government delegation to that dialogue on ending the country.—AFP

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