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Family of Former Minister to Chávez Called to Testify in Odebrecht Corruption Scandal

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 13, 2017, 2:00 pm
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Troudi said his role as a Minister was transparent and that he, not his relatives, will appear before the Public Ministry. (Haiman El Troudi)

EspañolFollowing years of silence about investigations into an Odebrecht bribery case in Venezuela, the country’s Prosecutor’s Office has finally accused someone of corruption: the relatives of Hugo Chavez’s former Minister Haiman El Troudi.

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office scheduled a hearing for July 27 for the wife and mother-in-law of the former Deputy and Minister El Troudi. They are allegedly connected to acts of corruption related to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has bribed politicians across Latin America in exchange for building contracts.

In a message on Twitter, El Troudi said his role as a Minister was transparent and that he, not his relatives, will appear before the Public Ministry.

“They are going after my family knowing that they have nothing to do with the administrative processes and my efforts as a minister,” he said. “It’s pure evil.”

Haiman El Troudi
@MaimanVZLA
 I wish to express my opinions about this villainy with a clean conscious, and my head held high. 

In a ruling issued after the summons, the Supreme Court of Justice decided that the Prosecutor’s Office can only charge people before the control judge of each case.

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz, who has broken away from Nicolás Maduro’s regime of late, said many officials in Venezuela have received bribes from Odebrecht.

According to comments by Marcelo Odebrecht, former CEO of the construction company, Venezuela accepted the second-highest amount of bribes — at US $98 million — behind only Brazil, where the company is based.

Through social media, Venezuelan journalist Alberto Rodríguez shared an image of someone detained in the United States for “identity theft” — Pedro Baptista Zacarías, the presumed brother-in-law of El Troudi, who was mentioned in the Odebrecht case.

Alberto Rodriguez
@AlbertoRT51
This is Pedro Baptista Zacarías (38) brother in law of the former minister Haiman El Troudi, who was arrested in the US for identity theft.  

According to Rodríguez, the brother-in-law of Troudi has been accused of the identity theft by over a hundred people.

Alberto Rodriguez
@AlbertoRT51
The brother-in-law of the former minister Haiman El Troudi was arrested in the US under criminal charges of identity theft #13Ju (1/3)

Source: Correo del Caroní, El Nuevo Herald

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Freed from Military Jail, Venezuelan Political Prisoner López Meets with International Mediators

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 13, 2017, 1:02 pm
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EspañolThe former President of Spain Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero paid a visit this week to Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan activist who was held as a political prisoner by Nicolás Maduro's regime. Zapatero has been an active player in helping solve the country's crisis, having served as a mediator between the Maduro regime and the Venezuelan opposition. López appears to have been busy speaking with a number of high-standing political figures working against Maduro's dictatorship. He also spoke to Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, over the phone, in addition to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who congratulated him on the courage he had shown during his time in prison. Read More: UN Demands Release of Thousands of Prisoners Wrongfully Arrested in Venezuela Read More: “This is a Step Towards Liberty in Venezuela”: Political Prisoner Leopoldo Lopez https://twitter.com/FreddyGuevaraC/status/885239550469185537 Tweet: And so, former president Zapatero visits @leopoldolopez while under house arrest. LL sends strong msg of fight for the liberty of ALL of Vnzla According to López's family, the former Spanish President was a key figure in helping transfer the political prisoner to house arrest. Meanwhile, the conversation López has with Secretary General Almagro reportedly focused on the importance of the upcoming referendum being organized by the political opposition. https://twitter.com/Almagro_OEA2015/status/885240360393469952 Luis Almagro @Almagro_OEA2015 I am sharing the conversation that I just had with @Leopoldolopez in #Venezuela. Democracy needs to return now! Luis Almagro @Almagro_OEA2015 Venezuela is pushing for an electoral calendar, humane treatment AN respect, and the release of political prisoners @Leopoldolopez "They emphasized the urgent need for the regime to end repression, the immediate need for a comprehensive electoral calendar, the opening of a humanitarian channel to meet the needs of the people in the country, the complete restoration of the powers of the National Assembly and the release of all political prisoners," an OAS statement said. Almagro also insisted that López needed to be fully freed. Sources: Diario Las Américas

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