A court in venezuela has actually discovered six us-based oil executives responsible of corruption and sentenced all of them to between eight and 14 many years in jail, in an incident that has exacerbated tensions between washington and the government in caracas.

The men, known as the citgo 6, all worked atcitgo petroleum corp, a us-based, venezuelan-owned oil business.

In 2017 they were called to caracas for what they thought could be a routine budget meeting on head office of citgos parent companypetrleos de venezuela sa(pdvsa).

They certainly were after that arrested and accused of hatching an agenda to refinance up to $4bn of citgo bonds making use of a stake when you look at the company as security. prosecutors alleged that the program, never apply, would-have-been extremely harmful to citgo, pdvsas best international asset.

The males all pleaded purity. they certainly were held for over two and a half years before their case eventually went along to test in august.

Later on thursday, a judge discovered all six guys guilty. he sentenced five of these, all us residents, to eight years and 10 months in prison therefore the sixth guy, a permanent us resident, to 13 years and 7 months.

I'm really disappointed and heartbroken to listen to this news, tweeted veronica vadell weggeman, the daughter of tomeu vadell, one of several six.

My father continues to be an innocent man that's becoming held against their will. justice could have not already been served today, however it will at some point. the facts should come to light and dad are free soon!

The situation happens to be dragged to the continuous political stand-off between washington and caracas. venezuelas president, nicols maduro, accused the guys of treason. the other day, us secretary of state mike pompeo revealed a statement marking the third anniversary of the detention, saying: these six people in the us and their loved ones have actually experienced for enough time; it is time for maduro to put politics apart and allow these people be reunited.