United States: US sanctions Venezuelan judge, prosecutor over Citgo convictions

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan judge and prosecutor behind the conviction on corruption charges of six American oil executives.

The six employees of Houston-based Citgo were lured to Caracas just before Thanksgiving in 2017 on the pretense of attending a business meeting.

Once there, they were hauled away from the headquarters of Citgo’s parent company, state-run oil company PDVSA, by heavily armed, masked security forces, accused of promoting a never-executed proposal to refinance some $4bn in Citgo bonds by offering a 50 percent stake in the company as collateral.

The original full article can be found at aljazeera.com

(Picture: Loren Elliot/Bloomberg)

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