The purge of Chavista officials and businessmen did not stop. This Tuesday the Attorney General of the Venezuelan dictatorship, Tarek William ChapConfirmed the investigation and search of the Colombian businessman Alvaro PulidoPartner Alex Sappcelebrity Nicolás Maduro.
“At this stage of the beginning of the investigation, once these people are produced in the court, several tests are being conducted, including the one you mention (Bulito). There are telephone experts, reports are coming to light,” announced the head of the Ministry of Public Affairs (MP). W Radio Colombia.
Likewise, he did not rule out the possibility of Pulido’s arrest: “Beyond what you mention, the existence of arrest warrants cannot be ruled out, depending on the legal status of the criminal enterprise the person sought may hold. It would be premature to tell you what will happen not only to this person, but to others.”
During the interview, the Colombian journalist highlighted the connections between Saab, Pulido and Carlos Rolando Liscano Manrique, another businessman indicted by the United States. Asked if the raid on Pulido meant an investigation into Alex Sapp, the Chavista attorney replied: “I’m not saying that, you’re saying that. I’m not saying that the person you’re referring to has anything to do with them. I’m talking to you on a general level.”
Sapp, 50, was extradited to the United States on October 16, 2021 from the former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde in West Africa, where he was arrested in 2020 following an international arrest warrant sought by the US justice system.
According to the indictment, between 2011 and at least 2015, Saab and his accomplice, Pulido, a fugitive, Conspired with others to defraud the proceeds of a corrupt network Supported by bribes aimed at obtaining contracts for the implementation of public projects against the currency exchange control system in Venezuela.
Saab and Pulido are accused of transferring approximately $350 million from Venezuela, through the United States, to accounts they owned or controlled in other countries, the prosecutor’s office said.
The businessman pleaded “not guilty” in November 2021 and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Saab’s “kidnapping” led the Venezuelan regime to suspend talks with the opposition in Mexico last October.
“According to court documents, Alvaro Pulido VargasNickname German Enrique Rubio SalasNickname Stick57 years old, from Colombia; Jose Gregorio Vilma-Mora55 years old, from Venezuela; Emmanuel Enrique Rubio Gonzalez32 years old, from Colombia; Carlos Rolando Liscano Manrique, 50 years old, from Colombia; And Ana William LewisThe 49-year-old Venezuelan was accused of embezzling the proceeds of a bribery scheme to obtain and maintain contracts boosted by the Comité Local de Abastecimiento y Producción (CLAP), a food distribution program and medicines for the Venezuelan population. owned and controlled by the government,” the US Department of Justice reported.
“From or around July 2015 and at least through 2020, Pulido, Vilma-Mora, Rubio, Liscano and Guillermo are being sued,” the statement said. Conspired with others to launder the proceeds of the illegal bribery scheme through bank accounts in Antigua, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere and bank accounts in the United States.”.
Washington knows that Alex Chapp is keeping many secrets about how Maduro, the dictator’s family and his top advisers got millions of dollars. In government contracts for food and housing amid widespread hunger in Venezuela.
US officials think so Chap is one of the foundational pieces of bringing Maduro and his leadership to justice.