Venezuela imprisons Official For Providing US Oil Data

Venezuela jailed two officials from the state oil company PDVSA for five years for giving the United States “strategic and sensitive” details of its sanctions-hit oil operations, aso Naija gathered.

Alfredo Chirinos, the company’s special policies chief, and Aryenis Torrealba, PDVSA’s general manager of crude operations, were arrested last year.

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They “were sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of disclosing, reserving or supplying information,” said a statement signed by the attorney general, Tarek William Saab.

Venezuela’s oil production closed 2020 at just over 400,000 barrels per day, the lowest in decades, a fall which experts attribute to years of corruption and mismanagement in the country’s main industry.

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