Venezuela releases six former Citgo executives to house arrest

Venezuela releases six former Citgo executives to house arrest

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Citgo oil executives Jose Angel Pereira, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano were jailed in Venezuela more than three years ago on corruption charges. Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry via AP

Venezuela released six former Citgo executives from prison, placing them under house arrest Friday as a goodwill gesture to President Biden, according to reports.

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The executives from the US oil refining company were arrested in 2017, accused of embezzlement and money laundering and last year received sentences ranging from eight to 13 years in prison.

It’s the second time they have been released to house arrest. In December 2019 the so-called Citgo 6 were released to house arrest only to be returned to jail two months later.

The executives — Jose Pereira, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell and Gustavo Cardenas — were hauled away by

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