Corruption in PDVSA: detainees linked to Petróleos de Venezuela increase to 80

The Venezuelan Attorney General, Tarek William Saab, reported this Tuesday, April 18, that went up to 80 the number of officials detained for their alleged involvement in corruption schemes involving the state oil company PDVSA and other state entities.

He pointed out, on Twitter, that there are still pending 20 arrest warrants to be executed and have been carried out 172 raids, without offering further details about the places where these procedures were performed.

He also explained that, in the corruption plot involving PDVSA and the Superintendency of Crypto Assets (Sunacrip), 107 raids have been carried out and 56 arrest warrants have been issued, while, in the case of the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana (CVG), there have been 51 raids and 14 arrest warrants.

Saab indicated that there are three other orders for officials linked to the state company Cartones de Venezuela and that seven raids have been carried out and, in the plot linked to the Judiciary, six arrests have been made.

In addition, in the plot related to the Mayor’s Office of Las Tejerías, in the state of Aragua (center), an arrest warrant has been issued and a search has been carried out, Saab said.

He added that, in the early hours of this Wednesday, April 19, the Public ministry (MP, Prosecutor’s Office) will present “three new subjects involved in the PDVSA-Cripto and Cartones de Venezuela plots.”

These actions, as the prosecutor recently said, are undertaken to punish “mafias” in the framework of the anti-corruption operation that the Government denounced in March and that led to the resignation of the Minister of Oil, Tareck ElAissami, as well as the lifting of the immunity of the pro-government deputy Hugbel Roa and the capture of the alleged partner of Alex Saab, Alvaro Pulido Vargas.

The mandatary Nicolas Maduro He asked the authorities to punish in an “exemplary” way all the officials involved in these plots, including judges, a former governor and PDVSA executives.

The prosecutor has given several statements on the progress of these investigations without specifying the amount of the embezzlement, a figure that the Prosecutor’s Office expects to present in the coming days.