This Friday the documentary “Alex Saab, a kidnapped diplomat” is released, directed by the Venezuelan journalist and documentary filmmaker Karen Méndez, who tells the truth about the official’s illegal detention; first, in Cape Verde and from October 2021, in the United States.
“For years, commentators have lied about Alex Saab and hide that he brought food, medicine and gasoline to Venezuela in the middle of the US blockade. It is time to listen to lawyers, experts and family members to understand the story of the first diplomat kidnapped in the history of the world”, Méndez explained on his Twitter account about audiovisual production.
The wife of the diplomat and president of the “Free Alex Saab” Movement, Camilla Fabri Saab, offers her testimony in the documentary. Through his account on the aforementioned social network, he stated that the sanctions have affected Venezuelans in different ways, while recalling that the illegal detention of the diplomat occurred at the “most terrible point of attack” against Venezuela, according to the press release from the Àlex Saab Foundation
The documentary will be broadcast on the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), at 7:30 p.m., while the multi-state channel Telesur will do so an hour and a half later, at 9:00 p.m.
According to the website of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Alex Nain Saab Morán received his diplomatic accreditation as Special Envoy of Venezuela to the Islamic Republic of Iran since April 9, 2018, with responsibility for executing humanitarian missions before other governments and ensuring the arrival of food, medicine and fuel to the territory of their country.
On June 12, 2020, while traveling to Iranian territory to carry out a new humanitarian mission, he was illegally detained in Cape Verde, despite having with him the Letters of Credence that verified him as a diplomatic official.
International organizations and courts condemned his arbitrary detention, but the authorities of the African country ignored these binding decisions and hastily decided to hand over the Venezuelan diplomat, in violation of due process, to the United States on October 16, 2021, where he remains kidnapped and subjected to a trial without evidence of a crime, in clear extraterritorial application of laws.