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Nicolás Maduro seeks to get rid of the corruption scandal in PDVSA and announces more arrests

The strong man of Chavismo, Nicolás Maduro, sought to get rid of the enormous scandal that affects the state oil company PDVSA and other agencies of the regime and was outraged on television by the events of corruption in Venezuela.

In this line, he indirectly hit the “bolibourgeoisie” without naming it, it is a sector of millionaires of the Chavista nomenklatura and revealed that the culprits “led a life of the rich and had orgies” with young people in the Country Club of Caracas, a wealthy area of the capital.

Among the thirty detainees, however, is not the former Oil Minister, Tareck El Aissami, a key figure with whom many of the executives and government officials arrested were closely related.

The minister was resigned immediately after learning of the disappearance of at least 5 billion dollars from the state firm, in an embezzlement that other sources estimate to be over 25 billion dollars.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, seeks to get rid of the corruption scandal. Photo: REUTERS

The former head of PDVSA, now in exile, Rafael Ramírez, said that nothing will happen with El Aissami because “maduro owes him his stability.” In an interview with the EFE news agency, Ramírez analyzes that this crisis is the consequence of a strong internship that is taking place in the Madurista leadership, but he did not provide details.

plot details

In a television broadcast, Maduro revealed that there is a current of denunciation between the detainees and that more details of the plot will soon be known and more people will be investigated, most of them public officials or members of their government.

“They have managed to capture a part of the wealth, mansions where they had orgies (…), here and there, in the Country Club, where they had terrible orgies. We will have to tell all this (and) when we get past this first phase (…) we will be able to show the goods”, said the Venezuelan autocrat.

Maduro assured that he was outraged by the events that, according to him, occurred in full sanctions imposed by the US, which made the development of the Venezuelan economy more difficult. He did not clarify the alleged link between the two facts.

An oil rig, in front of the PDVSA headquarters in Caracas.  Photo: REUTERS

An oil rig, in front of the PDVSA headquarters in Caracas. Photo: REUTERS

Prostitution and “dolls”

The Public Ministry verified that there was a prostitution network headed by the former deputy of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Hugbel Roa. Four women who are fugitives would be linked to him.

“This blow that we have given is just the first of many that we are going to give against the entrenched gangs of mafiosi wherever they are. We are not going to stop,” Maduro said during the broadcast, before referring to the subject further.

This Friday the first vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, a historical internal rival of El Aissami and second man in the hierarchy of the nomenklatura, announced that there were new arrests by the police in this resounding case of corruption.

Cabello did not specify the number of executives detained but did point out that they were part of the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana, a state company that is configured as a conglomerate of public firms of mining, forestry and electrical resources.

The Prosecutor’s Office indicated this Friday that it is investigating the “serious facts” of corruption in that state structure, one day after the Anti-Corruption Police requested the fiscal entity prosecute a “group of officials” of the conglomerate

Nicolas Maduro with the former president of Petróleos de Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, in a 2017 image. Photo: AFP

Nicolas Maduro with the former president of Petróleos de Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, in a 2017 image. Photo: AFP

Until now, The authorities have confirmed the arrest of 27 people, among them an official legislator, three judges, 11 businessmen, a mayor and a group of officials from the state PDVSA.

An old speculation that is linked to the investigation into drug trafficking in Venezuela by the US DEA maintains that in the Caribbean country there is a dispute around this mafia between the so-called “cartel of the suns”, which would involve high-ranking military leaders.

The name refers to the badges on the lapel of the uniforms. On the other side, the so-called “Aragua cartel”, the state from which he comes -and in which he was an official-, the aforementioned El Aissami.

Parliament, meanwhile, approved this Friday in record time and unanimously a bill for the Organic Law on Asset Forfeiture, which protects private property but enables the State to keep assets that have been acquired with resources from illegal activities.

The initiative -which has 46 articles- is a proposal by Cabello, who stressed in the session that the text will allow “repairing the damage caused to the State and the people.”

Source: Clarín newsroom and agencies

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