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A powerful labour group in the United State, Boston School Bus Drivers Union, has joined list of international organisations demanding for immediate release of Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab arrested by the Cape Verde government.
The statement by the union and made available to newsmen revealed that the pressure group unanimously passed the decision to advocate for the release of Alex Saab at a membership meeting of the union on May 26.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that Saab was reportedly arrested during a stop over on his way to Iran in June last year, based on the request of the Donald Trump led United States government over allegations of money laundering.
After Alex Saab’s arrest, the Venezuelan government faulted the allegations by the US with claims that the businessman is its special envoy on a humanitarian mission.
The Venezuelan government claimed that before his arrest, Saab had been on a mission to get food and medical supplies in Iran, stopping over in Cape Verde where he was arrested by security operatives.
However, United State pressure group urged the U.S President, Joe Biden to drop the demand for Alex Saab’s extradition to the United States claiming the act is a violation of International law.
The union insisted, “arresting and holding a diplomat for any reason is a violation of international law.”
The Union further called on the Cape Verde’s Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva and President, Jorge Carlos Fonseca to release Saab immediately to Venezuela on humanitarian grounds to receive medical treatment.
The Union’s call was made just two days after Fonseca claimed that his nation was ready to strengthen democracy and the rule of law as a core value of its desire to forge greater regional integration, is a major embarrassment to the President and Prime Minister.
The union, which is a division of the powerful United Steel Workers’ Union, therefore argued that Venezuela faces illegal sanctions at the hands of the United States in a manner.
Saab’s detention has attracted international attention over multiple allegations of external pressures. The legal tussle in the case has been prolonged for a long period.
Similarly, an illegal sanction faced by 15 African nations who are all members of the African Union and as such could prove to be a unifying factor in creating a coalition of nations facing the hegemony of the United States through sanctions.
Reacting to the action of the union, Nigerian-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, noted that it is an indication that there are increasing fissures in the established world order and Cape Verde must not be permitted to add to the destruction of long-established diplomatic norms.
“Further to my two recent letters to
President Biden, I once again call upon him to show leadership in being first amongst equals when it comes to respecting international law and pulling back from the use of lawfare – the use of judicial processes for to achieve political objectives,” he stated.
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