US demands release of “wrongfully” detained CITGO executives in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, The US demanded Monday that the (Nicolas) Maduro regime release the “wrongfully” detained of the so-called “CITGO 6” in Venezuela, who are US oil executives arrested in November 2017 while attending a meeting in Caracas.

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that “these men are suffering serious health conditions and must be released immediately.” The statement noted that “Maduro loyalists continue to prevent the families and attorneys of American prisoners from assisting with basic access to food and medicine, without regard for mental health and general well-being of those detained,” stressing “these affronts to basic dignity will not be ignored.” The statement affirmed that “the safety and welfare of Americans overseas is among the Department of State’s highest priorities.

“The Department of State continues to press Maduro’s representatives for their assurance of the safety and welfare of Americans wrongfully detained in Venezuela,” it concluded.

CITGO is a US-based refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. It is majority-owned by PDVSA, a state-owned company of the Venezuelan government, although due to US sanctions in 2019, they no longer economically benefit from CITGO.

Source: Kuwait News Agency