AP Exclusive: Guaido's Citgo snubs US execs in Caracas jail
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AP Exclusive: Guaido's Citgo snubs US execs in Caracas jail

FILE - This file photo combo shows Citgo executive Tomeu Vadell at his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana in July 2015, left, and three and a half years later while in confinement in a Venezuelan jail in January 2019. Vadell's family says he's lost more than 60 pounds due to malnutrition since he and five other Citgo employees were arrested, for alleged embezzlement and treason, during a meeting at Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2017. The photo at left was provided by Tomeu's daughter Cristina, and the photo at right was obtained by The Associated Press. (Cristina Vadell via AP, left, and AP photo, right, File)

BOGOTA — When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S. affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company, it was a rare glimmer of hope for the American families of six oil executives jailed for over a year without a trial in the South American nation.

But a month later, the families complain they are still being left to fend for themselves as much as ever by the men’s employer, Houston-based Citgo, which until the takeover had been the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil giant known as PDVSA.

Citgo has emerged as a major prize in the battle for power between President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido. The families insist their loved ones are collateral damage in that high-stakes fight.

Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press

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