US Sanctions Venezuelan Judge, Prosecutor Over Trial of CITGO Executives

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United Stated has imposed sanctions on a Venezuelan decide and prosecutor over their roles within the sentencing of six former US executives of CITGO oil firm, the Treasury Department stated in an announcement on Wednesday.

In November, the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal sentenced to jail phrases six former US executives of CITGO oil firm, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil large PDVSA, on corruption expenses.

According to the native media, Jose Pereira, the CITGO ex-president, was sentenced to 13 years in jail for embezzlement, cooperation with contractors and prison affiliation. Another 5 former executives have been sentenced to jail phrases starting from eight to 10 years.

In November 2017, the executives have been detained in Caracas and transferred to the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence after which they have been positioned beneath home arrest in 2019.

The Latin American nation has been a goal of US sanctions for a minimum of 5 years. The restrictions,¬†focusing on oil firm PDVSA¬†and different entities, escalated after Washington refused to recognise the nation’s 2018 presidential elections and backed the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, who on the time headed the nation’s National Assembly.

According to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the US and its allies have been utilizing sanctions to depose him and get entry to the nation’s belongings and oil and gasoline assets.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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