Since Friday, March 17, a series of arrests of senior officials of the Nicolás Maduro administration have been carried out in Venezuela for their alleged links in acts of corruption for the alleged disappearance of 3,000 million dollars from the sale of oil from the Venezuelan state oil company
The project to import Venezuelan gas to Colombia fell after one of the Colombian partners decided to liquidate it because one of the shareholders of the Venezuelan company that accompanied them ended up involved in the recent case of corruption discovered in the state company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
The information was obtained by the newspaper El Tiempo from the neighboring country, which also reviewed part of the statement shared by the Colombian company Integral Energy Plus SA. The document explained in greater detail the reason for the halt in negotiations between the two parties.
“This morning, the Attorney General of Venezuela announced that Mr. Bernardo Arosio is one of the people charged in the investigations that are being carried out in said country for corruption cases. Bearing in mind that Mr. Arosio is a shareholder of the company Prodata Energy CA, The shareholders of the company Integral Energy Plus SAS met this morning in an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting and agreed to dissolve and liquidate the company immediately”, reads the published communication.
Likewise, it was clarified that although Arosio does not have any participation in Integral Energy Plus SAS, “his status as a partner in Prodata Energy CA, of which one of the shareholders of Integral Energy Plus SAS is a shareholder, makes it unfeasible to continue with the project that progress was being made to import gas from Venezuela to Colombia”.
The Colombian company also recalled that no contract for the importation of this energy resource had been advanced for the moment because it depended on an approval by the Sanctions Coordination Office of the State Department of the United States government. The application had been filed in November 2022.
Since Friday, March 17, a series of arrests of senior officials of the Nicolás Maduro administration have been carried out in the country for their alleged links in acts of corruption for the alleged disappearance of 3,000 million dollars from the sale of oil from the state PDVSA.
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In an “anti-corruption” operation carried out by the National Police in conjunction with the Public Ministry, several officials from regional governments and the military and judicial sectors were arrested, including Joselit Ramírez, National Superintendent of Crypto Assets and Related Activities ( Sunacrip); Antonio Pérez Suárez, Vice President of Commerce and Quality Supply of pdvsa; Samuel Testamarck, general manager of PDV Marina, and PSUV deputy Hugbel Roa.
These investigations announced by Chavismo to find the “root of corruption”, with emphasis on a review of the processes of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), would be related to the $21.2 billion not collected by the state company for unpaid invoices by intermediaries.
Four sources close to PDVSA told the news agency Reuters that the investigation would have been prompted by the government’s inability to access those $21.2 billion with a presidential campaign to finance in the coming months.
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