Venezuelan authorities arrested 19 senior officials in the framework of the actions of the Nicolás Maduro regime in its “fight against any act related to corruption,” Chavista leader Jorge Rodríguez, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, reported on Tuesday.
“There are 19 detainees so far and I’m sure more are coming”said Rodríguez during the plenary discussion of a draft agreement in support of the “investigation and fight” against corruption undertaken by the Chavista regime.
assured that this investigation is “just beginning” and that it is an “exemplary” response that will not remain “in words”, since the law will apply to anyone who is involved. “Whoever that fails. I don’t want to see defenders of some mayors, yes, and of other mayors, no, because whoever is stealing (…) well, he’s going to jail ”said.
Rodríguez insisted that this is an investigation that had been going on for several months and that Maduro had already warned, on several occasions, about acts of corruption within State institutions.
At the moment, it is officially known of the arrest of Christopher Cornieles, president of the Criminal Judicial Circuit of Caracas, and Jose Mascimino Marquezcontrol judge in crimes associated with terrorism, as well as a Chavista mayor and the now former head of the Superintendency of Cryptoactives (Sunacrip) Joselit Ramirezas confirmed by the state channel VTV.
Maduro reported this Monday that he has “personally conducted” a series of investigations, in conjunction with police authorities, to “dismember” the “corruption mafias that have become entrenched in important sectors of the economic apparatus, the judicial apparatus, and the political apparatus.” . He said he will “fully clean up” state-owned PDVSA with “draconian measures” and through “restructuring at the highest level.”
And he pointed out that, during the first stage of this “direct operation against corruption”, “important businessmen, very important managers, senior officials of State institutions (and) deputies”.
In view of these recent investigations into alleged “serious” acts of corruption, the Minister of Petroleum, Tareck El-Aissamiresigned from his position on Monday, “with the purpose of fully supporting, accompanying and backing this process.”
One of the strong figures of Chavismo who spoke about it was Diosdado Cabello – vice president of the ruling PSUV party – who acknowledged that “many end up betraying the revolution just because they have already stolen enough.”
(With information from EFE)