The strongman of Chavismo, Nicolás Maduro, has tried to get rid of the huge scandal affecting the state oil company PDVSA and other agencies of the regime and has been outraged on television by the corruption events 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 rich life and had orgies” with young people in the Country Club of Caracas, a wealthy area of the capital .
Among the thirty detainees, however, there is the former oil minister, Tareck El Aissami, a key figure with whom many of the arrested government officials and executives were closely linked.
The minister resigned soon after learning of the disappearance of at least $5 billion from the state-owned company, in a misappropriation that other sources estimate to be more than $25 billion.
The former head of the 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 Madurist leadership, but did not provide details.
In a telecast, Maduro revealed that there is a current of complaint among prisoners 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.
“It was possible to capture 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 pass this first phase (…) we will be able to show the goods”, said the Venezuelan autocrat.
Maduro assured that he was outraged by the events which, according to him, occurred in the midst of the sanctions imposed by the United States, which made it more difficult for the Venezuelan economy to develop. He did not clarify the alleged link between the two events.
Prostitution and “dolls”
The Public Prosecutor has verified the existence of a prostitution network led by the former deputy of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Hugbel Roa. Four fugitive women would be linked to him.
“This blow we have dealt is only the first of many we will strike against entrenched mafia gangs wherever they are. We will not stop,” Maduro said during the broadcast, before delving further into the matter.
This Friday the first vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, El Aissami’s historic internal rival and second man in the nomenklatura hierarchy, announced that there have been new arrests by the police in this sensational corruption case.
Cabello did not specify the number of executives detained but specified that they were part of the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana, a state company that takes the form of a conglomerate of public companies in mining, forestry and electricity resources.
The Prosecutor’s Office indicated on Friday that it is investigating the “serious facts” of corruption in that state structure, a day after the Anti-Corruption Police requested the tax entity prosecute a “group of officials” of the conglomerate
Until now, The authorities confirmed the arrest of 27 people, among them an official legislator, three judges, 11 businessmen, a mayor and a group of PDVSA state officials.
An old speculation that is linked to the investigation into drug trafficking in Venezuela by the US DEA claims that a dispute is underway in the Caribbean country around this mafia between the so-called “cartel of suns”, which allegedly involves high military leaders.
The name refers to the badges on the lapels of the uniforms. On the other hand, the so-called “Aragua cartel”, the state from which the aforementioned El Aissami comes – and of which he was an official -.
Meanwhile, Parliament approved this Friday in record time and unanimously a bill for the organic law on the confiscation of assets, which protects private property but allows the state to keep the assets that have been acquired with assets from illegal activities.
The initiative – which has 46 articles – is a proposal by Cabello, who underlined in the session that the text will make it possible to “repair the damage caused to the State and to the people”.
Source: Clarin editorial staff and agencies
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