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The US Plan to Imprison Businesspeople in other Countries for “Violating” Illegal US Sanctions: The Case of Alex Saab
May 16, 2021
by Chicago ALBA Solidarity



Image from Feb 2021 the protest in Caracas, Venezuela. (Premium Times)

Alex Saad was detained in Cape Verde June 12, 2020 during a stopover to Iran, to be extradited to the US for the “crime” of violating US unilateral sanctions on Venezuela. He had been on a mission to acquire basic food and medicine to supply the government’s social welfare food program (CLAP).

The US uses economic sanctions as a tool to overthrow governments, such as Venezuela’s, that do not kow-tow to it. Sanctions are a weapon of war on civilians the US uses to “make the economy scream,” preventing the import of necessities such as food, medicine, and equipment to keep infrastructure and industries running. Sanctions drive capital flight from countries as corporations and financial institutions seek to distance themselves and avoid being targeted themselves.

US sanctions have both world reach and crippling effect because 95% of trade and currency exchange between countries takes place with US dollars or the currencies of its close allies. These financial and trade transactions must go through the US dominated SWIFT banking system, which enables the US to block money transfers for the smallest transaction and to confiscate billions of dollars held by targeted governments and individuals. By controlling the international financial system, Washington can demand banks in foreign countries accept US restrictions or face sanctions themselves.

The United Nations makes clear that US sanctions are unilateral coercive measures that violate international laws. The UN General Assembly has repeatedly called on all states not to recognize or apply unilateral coercive measures, such as those employed by the US.

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