The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Saturday, October 16, 2021

ALEX NAIN SAAB MORAN, THE COLOMBIAN FUGITIVE, JUST LANDED IN MIAMI ON A US DOJ EXTRADITION FLIGHT FROM CAPE VERDE




 ALEX NAIN SAAB MORAN, the Colombian money launderer, sanctions evader and close associate of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Miami, Florida just after 9:03 PM local time, on N708JH, a US Department of Justice business jet that removed Saab from Cape Verde, where he had recently lost his bid to evade extradition, after exhausting all his appellate remedies. 

Saab Moran faces multiple charges in US District Court in the Southern District of Florida, pending against him. We have previously covered his criminal career on this blog in detail, including his failed legal effort to defeat extradition to the United States. 

No public information about his extradition has yet been issued by American law enforcement agencies; both Cape Verde media and Saab's attorney previously advised that he had departed today, bound for the United States. When he is brought before a US Magistrate for a First Appearance, we shall issue a follow-up article, to keep our readers updated.




Given that Saab, and his partner, ALVARO ENRIQUE PULIDO VARGAS, both used corporations formed in Malta to transfer and launder many millions of dollars, it is anticipated that certain senior Maltese government officials, local bankers, and corporate service providers, all of whom facilitated Saab's money laundering into and through Malta, must be feeling quite uneasy at this news. The Maltese connection will definitely be exposed as Saab's criminal case progresses through the Federal Court system. Whether any Maltese nationals will be ultimately indicted for their roles in Saab's global money laundering enterprise is not known.

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