Anti-Corruption Police detains Pedro Maldonado, president of the CVG

The president of the CVG, Pedro Maldonado, was arrested along with five other officials of the state steel company by Sebin and the Anti-Corruption Police. Among the detainees would also be Néstor Astudillo, president of Sidor

Commissions of the political police Sebin and the Anti-Corruption Police in Bolívar detained this Thursday, March 30, the president of the Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana (CVG) and deputy minister of Basic Industries, Pedro Maldonado, according to the Caroní Mail.

According to the report, police officers kept the adjacencies of the CVG headquarters located in Ciudad Guayana taken on Thursday morning, while employees reported that “no one could enter or leave the building.”

Among the detainees would also be Néstor Astudillo, president of Sidor.

Maldonado was in charge of the CVG for four and a half years, and previously he had held the presidency of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) between 2017 and 2018, as well as of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) from 2010 to 2014.

Various sources informed the media that in addition to the president of the CVG, there are five other people from the board of directors of the state steel company who were arrested.

The information was confirmed by the Minister of Communication and Information, Freddy Náñez, on his Twitter account. “The Venezuelan people are informed that the National Anti-Corruption Police has requested the MP (Public Ministry) to prosecute a group of CVG officials and businessmen.”

In a statement from the Anti-Corruption Police reviewed by Ñáñez, it was indicated that the agency proceeded this Thursday with the second phase of the special operation “Caiga quien caiga” in the CVG, in which it was evidenced that the officials arrested “they could be involved in serious acts of administrative corruption and embezzlement in clear injurious action against the patrimony of the Nation”.

Recently, unofficial information circulated that Maldonado was part of the officials of the Nicolás Maduro administration who had been detained in the anti-corruption operation that began last Friday, March 17. However, this information was denied on the state company’s Twitter account, when photos of the official were shown in meetings within the company’s facilities.

“At this time, they report that the Sebin and Anti-Corruption Police commissions withdrew. There is no more information about the presence of the officials,” said the Caroní Mail on his Twitter account.

Anti-Corruption Police detains Pedro Maldonado, president of the CVG

In a speech broadcast this Wednesday, March 29, Maduro spoke about the plot of corruption by public officials in Pdvsajudges and businessmen and asked the research organizations to find the diverted resources to be invested in social programs.

“We already have the confession of almost half of those captured, of the misdeeds and robberies they were committing against our Republic,” he said. “What I am is angry with these bandits and I will take all the circumstances that I can take against all these bandits,” he added.

Anti-Corruption Police detains Pedro Maldonado, president of the CVG

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