American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

Posted On: Aug 7, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

CARACAS, Venezuela - A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives jailed well over two years after being lured to the South American nation and arrested on corruption charges, an attorney confirmed Friday.
The lingering case appears to have taken a new sense of urgency, which defense attorney Jesus Loreto credited to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's recent meeting with President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas.
“We remain very hopeful that things will improve quickly,” Loreto told The Associated Press following the trial's opening day Thursday. “Yesterday demonstrated a very clear interest in moving the process forward, and rapidly.”
Loreto said a positive sign was his ability to meet with his client, Tomeu Vadell, for the first time in six months. Each of the accused men said they had been treated with “dignity and decorum,” despite a violation of their constitutional rights by holding them for two years without a trial, Loreto said.
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