LiveVenezuela has freed seven Americans, including five oil executives, in exchange for two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jailed in the United States on drug convictions. President Joe Biden said the “wrongfully detained” Americans would soon be reunited with their relatives. It came at a time when Washington is under growing pressure to do more to secure freedom for dozens of Americans held abroad. In return, the Unites States freed two of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores’ nephews, Franqui Flores and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores. A Venezuelan court in 2020 sentenced the executives, accused of embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy, to prison terms ranging from eight to 13 years.
Source: Daily Nation October 02, 2022 03:03 UTC