- On Monday, Colombian citizen Álex Saab had his first hearing in a US court. Federal Judge John O’Sullivan presided. Saab has been informed of his rights and of the charges against him. The judge denied him bail and set November 1 as the date for the next hearing. Saab kept shaking his legs as he heard the charges against him: seven counts of money laundering and one of conspiring to commit the crime. Saab’s attorney, Henry Bell, insisted he had “diplomatic immunity”. Saab and Álvaro Pulido Vargas were indicted in July 2019. The charges indicate that from November 2011, Saab and Pulido conspired to launder the proceeds of a bribe scheme from bank accounts in Venezuela to the United States. As a result of this scheme, they got a contract with the regime in 2011 to build houses. They later took advantage of currency controls and presented false and fraudulent import documents for goods and materials that were never transported to Venezuela and bribed officials to approve these documents.
- Russia expressed concern that the regime is suspending its participation in the Mexico City talks due to Saab’s extradition and stressed that there is no alternative to negotiation: “It is the only way to permanently resolve the existing contradictions, ”the Russian Foreign Minister said in a press release.
The US State Department has criticized the regime for halting negotiations and putting Saab’s case above the “well-being of millions of Venezuelans,” spokesman Ned Price said.
- Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said he was “disappointed” with the suspension of dialogue, “the only way” to resolve the situation in the country. He assured that Spain will always be in favor of dialogue.
- The National Academy of Medicine has demanded that the epidemic bulletins for the past five years be published and regain their much-needed regularity, to increase surveillance and prevent the recurrence of diseases like yellow fever.
- 430,000 new doses of Sputnik V arrived yesterday. Medicos Unidos director Jaime Lorenzo said more than 900,000 people are waiting for their second dose.
- To avoid more cases of yellow fever, Venezuela needs to achieve a 95% vaccination rate in risk areas like Monagas, Bolívar, Sucre, Delta Amacuro and Anzoátegui, said Dr José Félix Oletta.
- The regime reverted to its pro-punishment rhetoric after launching the digital bolivar and using SUNDDE to control prices, there have been 3,000 “inspection processes” to “verify” the prices of 27 products established in April 2020.
- The director of the Cámara de Empresas de Transporte Extraurbano, Fernando Mora assured that the drivers do not use the digital bolivar, so the ticket is paid with old banknotes, which makes transactions more difficult. Mora also asked for answers on the gas shortage.
- Conviasa opened its first office in Russia. Maduro’s ambassador Carlos Faría said it was “very important” for commercial transactions between the two nations.
- According to Ok Diario, Hugo ‘El Pollo’ Carvajal is still giving information to the Spanish Audiencia Nacional, to delay his extradition to the United States. This time, he handed the authorities a document explaining how the Podemos political party received Venezuelan funding.
- Leopoldo López has said he will pursue former Ambassador Humberto Calderón Berti to Spain, where they both live. López said the charges against him were false.
- The leaders of the Alianza del Lápiz went to the public prosecutor’s office to file a complaint against the MUD for the attack in El Junquito on Saturday: the candidate Enrique Sierra would have led the group that attacked. Her sister Alicia Sierra said they beat her during the event, but candidate Adriana Aguilera said Alianza del Lápiz attacked them first.
- The families of nine American political prisoners have sent a letter to President Biden complaining of his inaction to improve the situation.
- CEVs Justice and Peace Commission called for humanitarian action for FundaRedes activists, who were arbitrarily detained more than three months ago and who are currently suffering from COVID-19.
- The most recent report by Centro de Justicia y Paz recorded at least 33 cases of persecution and criminalization by the regime.
Chilean justice has reported that three people allegedly involved in the attack on Venezuelan migrants in Iquique have been arrested.
- Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia said they were fine-tuning a new deal with Iran for strategic cooperation for 20 years.
- The head of the EU Election Observation Mission, Isabel Santos, announced her arrival in Venezuela on October 28. She said she will lead a team of 46 EU observers who will work in all regions of the country.
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