Saturday, 18 August, 2018

United States hits 4 Venezuelans, 3 Florida-based companies with fresh sanctions

Venezuela's record-low voter turnout is the latest chapter in the death of its democracy International outcry grows after Maduro wins presidential election
Johnnie Parks | 21 May, 2018, 17:44

Just two days before presidential elections in Venezuela, the Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions against a powerful governing party politician, accusing him of drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and embezzling government money.

The timing of the announcement, so close to the Venezuelan election, could energize Mr.

"I openly expressed that we support all the Muslim countries and Palestine, especially in light of what has happened in Palestine recently", said Maduro, for his part.

The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a conference call on Thursday to discuss a range of issues, including the upcoming presidential elections in both countries, bilateral relations and the Extraordinary Summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

Opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon talks to reporters after casting his vote in Barquisimeto
Opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon talks to reporters after casting his vote in Barquisimeto

A notice posted on a U.S. Treasury website also names Jose David Cabello Rondon, his brother and the head of Venezuela's tax collection agency; Marleny Josefina Contreras Hernandez, his wife and Venezuela's minister of tourism; and Rafael Alfredo Sarria Diaz, described in a Treasury statement as Cabello's "front man".

The Treasury Department said Cabello, who has served in senior positions in Venezuela's government and was formerly president of the National Assembly, had used his sphere of influence to "personally profit from extortion, money laundering and embezzlement".

The three companies, 11420 Corp., Noor Plantation Investments LLC and SAI Advisors Inc. are all based in Boca Raton, Fla.

The United States has already imposed sanctions against Maduro for human rights abuses and blamed him for Venezuela's current economic and political crises.

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