LONDON, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - La Grande -Brittany on Thursday sanctioned one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's envoys, Alex Saab, in an allegedly corrupt deal to obtain supplies for the Maduro government-run food subsidy program.
Saab, a Colombian national, is currently detained in Cape Verde and faces extradition to the United States, which accuses him of helping the government from Maduro to bypassr the US sanctions imposed in 2019. en find out more
Britain says Saab has been sanctioned along with partner Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas for operating two of Venezuela's public programs set up to provide poor Venezuelans with food and affordable housing.
"They benefited from poorly awarded contracts, where the promised goods were delivered at a high inflated price, "the UK Foreign Office said in a declaration . "Their actions have caused further suffering to Venezuelans already stricken by poverty, for their own private enrichment ".
Saab lawyers do not could notbe contacted immediately, but previously called the US accusations "politically motivated". Venezuela 's Ministry of Information did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Saab was arrested last June in Cape Town. Green after Interpol issued a warning.
At the time of his arrest, Saab was on his way to Iran to negotiate fuel shipments and humanitarian supplies in Venezuela, his lawyers previously told Hfrance.fr. His plane had stopped in the archipelago nation off the coast of West Africa to refuel.
Also on Thursday, Britain sanctioned Teodoro Obiang Mangue, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, for embezzling millions of dollars which London said was spent on luxury mansions, private jets and a 275,000 glove$ worn by Michael Jackson. learn more Additional report by Brian Ellsworth in Caracas, edited by William Maclean
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