This Monday, February 8, 2021, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab stated during an interview on Globovisión, that the Public Ministry will appeal in the case of former PDVSA managers, Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos, sentenced to five years in prison for disclosure and supply of information from the oil industry to companies in the United States.
He explained that his office does not agree with the decision of the courts. He assured that there is “more than 50 pieces of evidence” against these two detainees, “there was corruption involved. The case is not as some tweeters are apparently saying, and as soon as the decision of the courts is published, we are going to appeal.”
William Saab explained that the information Torrealba and Chirinos had on their personal computers “appeared on a page that was not official at all, where the routes of oil shipments, distribution and marketing mechanisms were mentioned, and a false document also appeared verbatim on these websites (…) seeking to damage the prestige of the institution [PDVSA]. There are many things here.”
“I met with the next of kin, in a cordial manner, some of them were lawyers. I met with the prosecutors who are handling the case and with the National Director against Corruption (…) and there are more than 50 testimonials, documentary evidence and media items that incriminate these two former managers for crimes of conspiracy, corruption and leakage of information,” he said. He reiterated that he did not agree with the court decision of sentencing them for leaking information but not for corruption.
On the other hand, after the sentence was announced on the former managers of PDVSA, the solidarity committee with Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos, indicated through a statement that “there are still legal resources to continue fighting and achieve the full freedom of our revolutionary militants.”
Likewise, relatives of Aryenis and Alfredo published a statement to the national public opinion exposing the legal situation of their case.
Featured image: Venezuelan Public Ministry to appeal sentence on PDVSA managers seeking corruption charges. File photo.
Translation: Orinoco Tribune