Statement by U.S. Ambassador Jeff Daigle on the extradition of Alex Saab
- We can confirm that Alex Saab was transferred to U.S. custody on October 16 for extradition to the United States. The transfer was conducted in full accordance with Cabo Verdean law and court rulings. The extradition is the culmination of a very complex and lengthy judicial process, involving various appeals that have now come to an end.
- Saab will now be brought before a U.S. federal court for prosecution. Saab is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
- The United States acknowledges the professionalism shown by Cabo Verde’s legal system throughout this complex judicial case, which was made more challenging by the well-documented, aggressive disinformation campaign that attempted to influence the judicial process, sway public opinion, and smear Cabo Verde’s international reputation.
- The United States takes this opportunity to reaffirm its long-term and cooperative relationship with Cabo Verde and reiterates its firm commitment to continue strengthening its strategic partnership with Cabo Verde, in particular in the areas of Justice, Defense, and Security.