Cape Verde citizens have asked the government of the country to obey the rulings of the ECOWAS Court and release Alex Saab, the detained Venezuelan diplomat.
In a opinion poll, they residents expressed displeasure over the government’s handling of the detention of Saab.
The residents, in the opinion poll recently conducted by the Eduino Santos institution called for Saab’s release.
Respondents, totalling 1,988 persons, were above the age of 18 years and from S. Vicente – 397; Santiago North – 779 and Santiago South – 812.
On the appeal by Saab to the Constitutional Court, 806 residents opined that he should be released while 511 others think he should not, the report of the survey showed.
According to the outcome of the poll, a significant part of the respondents said the country’s refusal to obey the ruling of the ECOWAS court and the continuous detention was illegal and mockery of the court.
Consistent with the views expressed, the vast majority of respondents also think that Saab’s case in Cape Verde should be closed, end his over nine months controversial.
Saab was arrested and detained in Cape Verde based on the request of the Donald Trump led United States government during a stop over on his way to Iran over allegations of money laundering, a move the Venezuelan government faulted with claims that the businessman is its special envoy on a humanitarian mission.
On March, 15, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court ruled that the continued detention and push for extradition of Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab by the Cape Verde government is illegal.
The judgement of the ECOWAS court is based on the absence of a Red Notice when Saab was arrested in June last year.
However, Cape Verde authorities have refused to obey the order and a ruling by the Cape Verdean Supreme court
on Tuesday March 16 that Saab be extradited to the United States has strengthened this position.