Alex Nain Saab Morán (Arabic: أليكس صعب; born 21 December 1971) is a Colombian-born businessman of Lebanese descent mentioned in the Panama Papers, who has also been mentioned in journalistic investigations for conducting businesses with an estimated amount of US$135 million with the Venezuelan government, unlike other Colombian businessmen who had to stop exporting to Venezuela, due to uncertainty regarding the payments and currency controls. Saab’s name also appears in the FinCEN Files.
As of October 2018, he is being investigated by Colombian authorities for alleged money laundering, due to his relationship with the Venezuelan government between 2004 and 2011. During the course of these investigations, his fiscal and accounting reviewer has been arrested and charged by the prosecutor’s office.
During a fuel stop at Cape Verde, Alex Saab was arrested while on his way from Iran to Venezuela on a business jet on 12 June 2020. Saab was arrested in accordance to an Interpol red notice in relation to his indictment in the United States, accused of money laundering.
Source – Wikipedia
Why is #ReleaseAlex trending?
According to BBC Pidgin, many Nigerian Twitter influencers had their accounts suspended because of their involvement with Alex Saab extradition campaign online.
This suspension follows after an allegation was made that the Venezuelan government is using fake Twitter accounts to influence Alex’s extradition to the US, according to intelligence analysis. (Source: Financial Times)