Alex Saab’s defense team considers it “too late” for the US Department of Justice to modify the essence of its motion to dismiss Saab’s appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The aim of the appeal which was to establish the recognition of Saab’s diplomatic immunity.
This Tuesday, Saab expressed his support, via his lawyers, for expediting the review of his appeal, which the United States requested be dismissed on grounds of “irrelevance.”
“It’s too late for the government to change the basis for their motion of dismissal, and it is unwarranted for the government to request the dismissal of an appeal which was already granted in the jurisdiction of the Eleventh Court,” specified the diplomat’s defense team.
However, the US has now admitted that, regarding “the question of diplomatic immunity, the obstacle for the appeal is not one of irrelevance”—which should be enough for the motion to fail.
Because of these factors, the defense trusts that the Eleventh Court will be aware of the US government’s efforts to confuse the case, and as such will recognize the inappropriate nature of the proceedings, quickly reach a decision, and firmly establish the immunity of Alex Saab.
Featured image: Poster demanding liberty for Alex Saab. Photo: Últimas Noticias
Translation: Orinoco Tribune