President Nicolas Maduro says that the U.S. nationals arrested in an oil corruption purge are in a Venezuelan jail and vows they will not be sent back to the U.S. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Five of six executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo who were arrested in Caracas this week are U.S. citizens, President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday (November 23) where he vowed to prosecute the Americans for corruption. The six executives included acting Citgo president Jose Pereira, who has Venezuelan citizenship and U.S. permanent residency. Others are dual citizens Tomeu Vadell, vice president of refining operations; Alirio Zambrano, vice president and general manager of Corpus Christi refinery; Jose Luis Zambrano, vice president of shared services; Gustavo Cardenas, vice president of strategic shareholder relations, government and public affairs; Jorge Toledo, vice president of supply and marketing. Maduro said the U.S. embassy had requested that its nationals be freed. He mocked the demand and vowed that the men, who are also Venezuelan, would pay for alleged wrongdoing in a financial deal. Late on Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tapped Asdrubal Chavez, a former oil minister and cousin of the late president Hugo Chavez, to replace Pereira.