If you closely read our recent article, Protective Order entered in Saab Moran case to keep Evidence from Venezuelan Targets, you know that there are additional targets of the Saab Moran money laundering investigation that the Department of Justice. The purpose of the rule cited in the order is to deny those targets access to the evidence the US Attorney has produced during Discovery, and anything else that is revealed during the pre-trial period.
My point is that, given that Saab Moran, and his partner, employed corporations organized in Malta as a vehicle top launder millions of dollars in criminal proceeds from Venezuela, and Saab Moran, who we have assumed is now a cooperating individual, could implicate (1) The financial service professionals who formed the companies and set up the bank accounts, (2) The local Maltese bankers who opened the accounts and moved the funds, and (3) the Maltese lawyers who set up the pipeline.
We do not know who the American criminal defense lawyers were whom Joseph Muscat and a number of his associates reportedly retained to advise them on the odds of a sealed indictment, but given that there have been a large number of Miami money laundering cases pending during the recent past, it is probable that they were also based in the Magic City. Did any of Saab Moran's current dream team of lawyers formerly represent Muscat's crew ? If so, that may be the ;principal reason for the protective order.
Who will be named to a superseding indictment in the Saab case ? We cannot say at this point, but we will be watching.
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