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AMP.- Venezuela.- The United States sanctions a judge and a prosecutor implicated in the trial against Citgo executives


MADRID, 30 (EUROPA PRESS)

The #United #States #Government has announced sanctions against the #Venezuelan judge and prosecutor directly involved in the trial against six executives of #Citgo, a subsidiary of the state-owned company #Petróleos de #Venezuela (PDVSA), accused of various crimes of corruption.

The US #Department of the #Treasury has included #Judge #Lorena #Carolina #Cornielles #Ruiz and prosecutor #Ramón #Antonio #Torres #Espinoza on its blacklist on #Wednesday, in retaliation for a process that, according to #Washington, lacked the minimum guarantees.

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The former president of #Citgo #José Ángel #Pereira #Ruimwyk, as well as former directors #Tomeu #Vadell, #Jorge #Luis #Toledo, #Gustavo #Adolfo Cárdenas, #José #Luis #Zambrano and #Alirio #José #Zambrano, were arrested in #November 2017 and sentenced to between eight and ten years of jail.

The US #Secretary of #State, #Mike #Pompeo, has indicated that “these proceedings were marked by the lack of judicial guarantees and based on charges with political motives.” #Likewise, he has criticized that neither the media nor organizations that defend #Human #Rights could access the hearings.

“These six men and their families have already suffered enough. #It is time for (#Nicolás) #Maduro to free ‘the six from #Citgo’ and allow them to reunite with their families,” the head of US diplomacy urged in a statement.

#For the #Secretary of the #Treasury, #Steven T. #Mnuchin, this case “demonstrates how corruption and the abuse of power is embedded in the institutions of #Venezuela,” recalling that the #United #States will continue to punish those who collaborate in the “usurpation of power” by of the “illegitimate regime” of #Maduro.

#Washington has recalled that the punitive measures against #Caracas are not permanent, but are called to motivate “a positive change in behavior.” #However, #Maduro has always denied any concession to the #United #States, which supports the current head of the #National #Assembly, #Juan #Guaidó, as the legitimate president of #Venezuela.

#For his part, #Venezuelan #Foreign #Minister #Jorge #Arreaza has accused the #United #States #Government of “protecting plans to destroy” #Citgo by imposing “unusual sanctions” against the judge and the prosecutor.

“#In its anti-Venezuelan obsession, the agonizing government of (#Donald) #Trump makes an unusual decision, which can only be the result of imperial barbarism. They protect corruption and plans to dismantle our oil industry,” he lamented in a message broadcast in his twitter account. “They have turned the #United #States into the world’s shame,” he stressed.

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