Source: Misión Verdad / The Dawn News / September 7, 2017
This week, eight managers of the Western Division of PDVSA (Petroleums of Venezuela) were detained under corruption charges while in managing the mixed company Petrozamora, composed by the Venezuelan petroleum company and the Russian financial institution Gazprombank. The case leaded by the Public Ministry and the Dgcim (Military Counter Intelligence Directory), shows the political will to shield the management of the main source of income of the country, after the sanctions application against it by the Trump administration.
According to the digital media La Tabla, the investigation of the Public Ministry found alleged irregularities in the acquisition of chemical supplies for the processing of the raw petroleum, sabotage acts like the delayment in preventive and corrective maintenance necessary for the production process and in the diversion of important quantities of petroleum and gas which affected the production of Petrozamora.
This is why 8 of the 9 involved managers have been detained, among them Gustavo Malavé, executive director of Exploration and Production of Western Pdvsa, and Juan Carlos Romero, president of Petrozamora. The Public Prosecutor of the Republic Tarek William Saab informed that an apprehension order was emitted against Bernardo atencio, former assistant director of Western Pdvsa Production.
Also, Saab declared in a press conference that the patrimonial damage for this events are for “millions of dollars and started over 2 years ago”. He also informed that the Public Ministry is developing several work tables with Pdvsa in the frame of the corruption investigations in these enterprise.
In this context, he considered this case as “exemplary” and warned those who want to hide the corruption events, especially after former public prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz used them as an extortion measure against the involved.
Extortion in the agreements with Russian companies
On the other hand, the Public Prosecutor highlighted that the sabotage and corruption acts in Petrozamora were aimed to extort the Russian associates of Gazprombank, who own the 40% of the mixed company and who in 2015 presented a denounce of these crimes in PDVSA.
This denounce issued by the Russian associates detailed the severe situation of thefts and larcenies in the diverse installations of Petrozamora, with for example, the disappearance of connectors and other electrical components in the Lagunillas Tierra and Bachaquero Tierra, which provoked a drop in the production of the daily 3 thousand barrels, according to La Tabla.
However, this action was not the most harmful against the production of the company. In the 2015, an attack against the power supply of the flow stations was committed; it caused the lost in production of 21 thousand barrels a day, according to the information provided to the media.
This digital media outlet, also reported the preliminary conclusion of the Public Ministry and the Dgcim investigation, which points to a long lasting process aimed to reduce the gas usage for the extraction of the raw material. This aimed to “damage the relationship with Russia and to destabilize the Venezuelan economy through an eventual rupture with the convention with Moscu”.
According to this investigation, “the participation of players from the opposition is not discarded, and that the managers involved may have received offers from the United States in order to legalize the obtained actives, in exchange of providing information that harmed the Government”.
Within this frame, the general attorney informed that the case will be presented before the Supreme Court of Caracas; what will give a protagonic importance to the fight against corruption in the Pdvsa on behalf of the Venezuelan Justice in a context of sanctions against the country. The State petroleum company in the main source of income for Venezuela, this is why the accords with foreign associates are shielded, vital for the construction of strategic alliances that allows Venezuela to face the geopolitical siege imposed by big corporations.