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Spanish police have arrested former Minister of development of electric power industry of Venezuela Javier Alvarado Ochoa on the order of the United States. Reported by the Associated Press.
In the States, Alvarado is accused of money laundering associated with the state oil company PDVSA. The former official was arrested near his home in Madrid. The Spanish court kept him in custody until it’s decided that the issue of extradition in the United States.
In addition, the Portuguese authorities suspect Alvarado in bribes related to PDVSA accounts in Bank of Lisbon, Andorra accuses ex-Minister of money laundering. Spain against Alvarado initiated two investigations on corruption and money laundering.
The former official worked in the government of Hugo Chavez. The current President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro names accusations of the Americans politically motivated, reports Reuters.
On 23 January amid mass protests in Venezuela Parliament speaker Huang Guido proclaimed himself provisional President. It is recognized by the US, several countries in Latin America and Europe. Washington imposed sanctions that restrict receiving export revenues of PDVSA.
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