Cape Verde’s highest court has ordered the extradition of a Venezuelan government envoy, Alex Saab, who’s been accused of money laundering and corruption to the United States.
Saab who is a Colombian businessman, was arrested more than a year ago as his plane stopped to refuel in the Central Atlantic country.
He was in a Venezuelan government plane and was reportedly travelling to Iran on an important government mission.
However, President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro had alleged that Saab’s detention is illegal because he had a diplomatic passport.
Maduro’s claims were rejected by the court which upheld an earlier decision to extradite Saab to the United States.
The constitutional court’s ruling cannot be appealed.
Saab has been repeatedly identified by the U.S. State Department as an operator who helps Maduro arrange trade deals that Washington is seeking to block through sanctions