Iran and Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan

Iran and Venezuela signed a 20-year cooperation plan in Tehran on Saturday as the two countries, among the world’s top oil producers, grapple with U.S. sanctions that are crippling their exports. The signing ceremony, carried by Iranian state TV, was overseen by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro and took place… Read More Iran and Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan

International Criminal Court to open office in Venezuela

International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said on Thursday during a visit to Venezuelan capital Caracas that the court will open an office there, amid a preliminary investigation into alleged human rights violations by officials. Khan, who appearing on state television with President Nicolas Maduro, said his three-day visit to the South American country had… Read More International Criminal Court to open office in Venezuela

Venezuela releases two jailed U.S. citizens following talks with delegation

Venezuela released two jailed U.S. citizens on Tuesday in an apparent goodwill gesture toward the Biden administration following a visit to Caracas by a high-level U.S. delegation. One of the freed prisoners was Gustavo Cardenas, among six Citgo oil executives arrested in 2017 and convicted on charges the U.S. government says were fabricated. The other… Read More Venezuela releases two jailed U.S. citizens following talks with delegation

Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab pleads not guilty to money laundering charge

Alex Saab, an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, has pleaded not guilty to a U.S. charge of conspiring to launder money, according to a court document filed on Monday, in a case that has strained already frayed relations between Washington and Caracas. U.S. prosecutors accuse Saab, a Colombia-born businessman and dealmaker for Maduro’s government,… Read More Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab pleads not guilty to money laundering charge

U.S. judge sets arraignment date for Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab on money laundering charges

A U.S. judge on Monday set a November 1 arraignment date for Alex Saab, a businessman accused of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela’s government, in a case that pits the United States against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. prosecutors in 2019 charged Saab in connection with a bribery scheme linked to Venezuela’s… Read More U.S. judge sets arraignment date for Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab on money laundering charges

Cape Verde’s top court approves U.S. extradition request of Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Cape Verde’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who is wanted by U.S. authorities on charges of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela’s government, should be extradited to the United States. Saab, who is close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his… Read More Cape Verde’s top court approves U.S. extradition request of Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Britain imposes sanctions on Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Britain on Thursday sanctioned one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s envoys, Alex Saab, in connection with an allegedly corrupt deal to obtain supplies for Maduro’s government-run food subsidy programme. Saab, a Colombian national, is currently detained in Cape Verde facing extradition to the United States, which accuses him of helping Maduro’s government skirt U.S. sanctions… Read More Britain imposes sanctions on Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Facebook freezes page of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over coronavirus misinformation

Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by promoting a remedy he claims, without evidence, can cure the disease, a company spokesman said on Saturday. Maduro in January described Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, as a “miracle” medication that neutralizes the coronavirus with no… Read More Facebook freezes page of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over coronavirus misinformation