Antigua-Barbuda economic envoy rejects money laundering claim

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Alex Nain Saab Morán

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Alex Nain Saab Morán, an economic envoy for Antigua and Barbuda, has confirmed that two former employees of a firm in which he was a partner, and which closed ten years ago, have been arrested by Colombian authorities for alleged money laundering and fraud, but added that he expects them to be released shortly since the charges are not sustainable.

The ministry of foreign affairs, immigration and trade said it contacted Morán, who is a diplomatic passport holder according to disclosures published last year by the government of Antigua and Barbuda in keeping with its policy of transparency.

Morán, who was appointed as an economic envoy by Antigua and Barbuda four years ago, denied any wrongdoing by himself or his firm.

Colombian authorities reportedly arrested Devis José Mendoza and Robinson Ruiz Guerrero on charges of money laundering, acting in concert in a criminal matter, illicit enrichment and aggravated fraud.

The ministry of foreign affairs said it will continue to monitor developments, bearing in mind that the reputation of Antigua and Barbuda is the government’s first priority.

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