Jailed Citgo executives ordered to stand trial in Venezuela | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Jailed Citgo executives ordered to stand trial in Venezuela

The decision was a painful blow to the families of the men who were initially heartened by news their loved ones would have the chance to profess their innocence in court after judge Gil had canceled 15 previous hearings giving little reason.

"After more than one and a half years of delayed due process, today's preliminary hearing was a sad spectacle and a travesty of justice," the family of Tomeu Vadell, Citgo's vice president of refining, said in a statement.

"Venezuela is depriving an innocent man, a deeply loved husband and father of his freedom," they added. "We will continue to demand his immediate and unconditional release."

The families of the "Citgo 6" — five of them, like Vadell, American citizens and all with deep roots in Texas and Louisiana — complain the men are being held in inhumane conditions, sharing overcrowded basement cells in a military counterintelligence prison and suffering severe weight loss in a country plagued by food shortages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be hell to pay, from Venezuela's side, when these cases go to court.

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