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The United States sanctioned Venezuelan officials who convicted former Citgo executives


#In the image, the US #Secretary of #State, #Mike #Pompeo (EFE / #Greg #Nash / #File)

The US government announced sanctions against the two key officials on #Wednesday in the condemnation of the #Nicolás #Maduro regime of the six former #Citgo executives imprisoned in #Venezuela. The sextet had been sentenced last month to between eight and 13 years in prison by a court controlled by the #Venezuelan dictatorship, and charged with murky corruption charges.

“The #United #States designates the #Venezuelan judge and prosecutor who presided over and prosecuted the #November 2020 trial and sentencing of the six #American individuals known as the #Citgo 6. These #Americans have been unjustly imprisoned in #Venezuela since #November 2017 after being lured to #Caracas under false pretenses, “said #Secretary of #State #Mike #Pompeo in a statement released hours ago.

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“Lorena #Carolina #Cornielles #Ruiz (#Cornielles) presided over the #Citgo 6 trial while #Ramón #Antonio #Torres #Espinoza (#Torres) was the prosecutor who represented the illegitimate #Maduro regime. #As such, These two officers played critical roles in the kangaroo trials of each of the #Citgo executives. These procedures were clouded by the lack of guarantees of a fair trial and were based on politically motivated accusations, and they were denied access to the media and human rights groups, “added #Pompeo.

A Citgo Petroleum refinery in Corpus Christi in Texas, United States (REUTERS / Erwin Seba)
A #Citgo #Petroleum refinery in #Corpus #Christi in #Texas, #United #States (REUTERS / #Erwin #Seba)

The #Treasury #Department resolved to freeze all the assets of #Cornielles #Ruiz and #Torres #Espinoza in the #United #States, in addition to criminalizing transactions with any of them. “The unjust arrest and conviction of these six #Americans demonstrates how corruption and abuse of power are deeply ingrained in #Venezuela’s institutions,” said #Secretary of the #Treasury #Steven #Mnuchin.

“These six men and their families have suffered enough. #It is time for #Maduro to free the 6 from #Citgo and allow them to reunite with their families, ”#Pompeo said.

The worst part of the punishment imposed by the #Venezuelan dictatorship was taken #José Ángel #Pereira #Ruimwyk, the former president of the largest subsidiary of the state oil company PDVSA in the #United #States, who was sentenced to 13 years and seven months in prison. The other five #Citgo executives were sentenced by the regime to eight years and 10 months in prison.

In the image, the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Steven Mnuchin (EFE / Jim Lo Scalzo / File)
#In the image, the #Secretary of the #Treasury of the #United #States, #Steven #Mnuchin (EFE / #Jim #Lo #Scalzo / #File)

The crimes charged to #Ruimwyk are “#Malicious embezzlement of one’s own and an official’s agreement with a contractor”, as well as the “crime of association to commit a crime,” reported the #Supreme #Court of #Justice (TSJ) of the #Venezuelan dictatorship. #Ruimwyk must also pay a fine of two million dollars, which is the equivalent “to 40% of the value of the goods subject to the crime.”

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#Former directors #Tomeu #Vadell #Recalde, #Jorge #Luis #Toledo #Kohury, #Gustavo #Adolfo Cárdenas #Cardona, #José #Luis #Zambrano #Colina and #Alirio #José #Zambrano #Colina were convicted of “#Civil servant concert with contractor and association to commit a crime.” The court in the hands of the #Chavista regime also ruled that all those convicted are disqualified “for the exercise of public function” and therefore “they will not be able to run for popularly elected positions.”

The Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab (EFE / Raúl Martínez / File)
The #Attorney #General of #Venezuela, #Tarek #William #Saab (EFE / #Raúl #Martínez / #File)

#On #November 21, 2017, the attorney general of the #Venezuelan dictatorship, #Tarek #Saab, reported on the arrest of these citizens after they sign contracts that “compromised the national patrimony and the future” of the PDVSA subsidiary “#Without counting on the approval of the #National #Executive.”

“Citgo’s senior management (…) on #July 15, 2017 signed an international agreement with the companies #Frontier #Group #Management and #Apolo #Global #Management, based on an alleged refinancing of the debt programs of 2014 and 2015 ”#Saab said at the time. #This, according to the account constructed by the #Chavista prosecutor, to apply for loans “under leonine, unfavorable conditions” for the #Venezuelan oil industry and “offering as collateral” the subsidiary itself.

#Seguri reading:

The #Nicolás #Maduro regime sentenced six former executives of the oil subsidiary #Citgo to prison

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#Citgo executives convicted in #Venezuela will appeal

The #United #States extended until #July 2021 the ban on trading a bond of the #Venezuelan oil company PDVSA





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