A judge advances Alex Saab’s trial in US money laundering case

U.S.A.A judge advances Alex Saab's trial in US money...

A man walks in front of a mural with an image of Alex Saab. EFE / Rainer Pea r./file

MIAMI (USA), Nov 24 (EFE) — A US federal judge next announced a hearing on December 6 for Colombian-Venezuelan Alex Saab, alleged front man of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, accused of money laundering. Miami Court.
Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. approved a motion requested by Saab’s defense to move the “status” hearing from December 28 to December 6 of that month, according to court documents, with the trial scheduled for January 3, 2022. is before.
Scola, who will preside over the trial, said in his ruling that he requires the defendant to appear for that hearing.
The January trial will last for two weeks and will be conducted by a jury, which will be selected in advance.
Saab, 49, is charged in a Miami court with conspiracy to commit money laundering, of which he pleaded “not guilty” before Judge Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes on November 15.
Judge Scola earlier this month dismissed seven money laundering charges against the defendant, who was extradited from Cape Verde on October 16.
The reduction of charges was part of an extradition agreement with the government of Cape Verde, so that if he is found guilty, the sentence would not exceed the sentence he would have in that African country.
Saab faces a sentence of about 20 years if he is found guilty of the only charge before him in Miami court, a penalty that can be reduced if he strikes a deal with the prosecutor’s office, which usually includes Allegations of other associates are involved. And

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