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He is considered a key ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is said to have been an “active” collaborator with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Court documents released Wednesday in the United States indicate that Colombian businessman Alex Chap, who was detained in Miami, has been collaborating with U.S. authorities for nearly 12 months since 2018, facing a money laundering trial. His “criminal activity” and the transfer of money to the DEA as part of a deal culminated in his voluntary surrender to face charges.
According to these documents, the Colombian businessman agreed “that Bribed government officials gGovernment From Venezuela In connection with the contracts awarded for the provision of food to Venezuela“.
It is also mentioned that in 2016 he met with FBI and DEA agents in Bogot, who provided them with information about alleged deals with the Maduro government to “build community housing”.
These documents have so far been sealed at the request of the prosecutor’s office and are now being disclosed in the framework of the investigation being conducted on Chop.
The Colombian businessman was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, for which he pleaded not guilty.
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Since Saab’s arrest in Cape Verde in June 2020, Nicolas Maduro’s government has taken a number of steps to prevent him from being deported to the United States.
Thus, Caracas said Saab has become a Venezuelan citizen Appointed him Venezuela’s ambassador to the African Union in December 2020.
Then, in September 2021, the Maduro government announced its intention to include Chappa as a representative of the official commission negotiating with the opposition to resolve the Venezuelan political crisis in Mexico.
However, Chap continued to be detained in Cape Verde, and after he was deported to the United States in October of that year, the Maduro government decided to leave the negotiating table in protest.
The revelation that Chap is collaborating with the DEA has been widely described as a blow to the Maduro government.
However, the lawyer for the Colombian businessman in the United States, David Rivkin, said in a statement. The Venezuelan government was aware of Chap’s meetings with US officials And these were only intended to make it clear that their companies were not involved in any improper activity.
“Saab is a loyal citizen and ambassador of the Republic of Bolivia to Venezuela and will never do anything to harm the interests of the country and the people who gave so much to it,” Rivkin said in a statement.
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