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>> Venezuelan authorities arrested six executives of US oil refiner Citgo in Caracas on Tuesday. Five if them American citizens, in a move likely to complicate Venezuela's growing sweep of corruption in the oil industry. Military intelligence agents detained the Texas-based executives during an event at state oil company PDVSA's headquarters.
The latest of dozens of high level arrests over the last few months. Venezuela State Prosecutor Tarek Saab, has declared quote a crusade against organized crime within PDVSA, and has now imprisoned 50 oil managers since taking office in August. Opposition leaders say PDVSA has been crippled by mismanagement under 18 years of socialist Rule, they attribute the arrests to in-fighting among rival government factions over control of a company that finances Venezuela's ailing economy.
Rather than a genuine desire to root out corruption. Venezuela's Information Ministry, PDVSA, and Citgo, did not respond to requests for comment.