Correspondent in Caracas
The former president of Citgo, a PDVSA subsidiary, José Pérez, suffered a mild heart disease in prison in Caracas and was transferred to a clinic to be treated, his lawyer María Alejandra Poleo told Reuters. The information, published by the newspaper ‘La Voz de América’, indicates that the lawyer Poleo affirms that José Pérez’s prognosis is “reserved” although his relatives later affirmed that the former oil executive was returned to his cell at the intelligence police headquarters. of the Helicoide.
«We received a call from our father today, he was discharged from the clinic and returned to Helicoide (detention center), at this point it is not clear what happened to him, he assures that he does not remember anything! “, said relatives of Pereira in a Twitter account. The Information Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The former president of Citgo (a Venezuelan refining company that operates in the US) is one of the six former oil executives, all Venezuelan and some with dual US citizenship that were transferred this month to Helicoide.
The Helicoide intelligence police headquarters is a fearsome detention center where most of the political prisoners are interned. The Maduro regime revoked the house arrest measure that had been granted to the group of former Citgo executives for humanitarian reasons
The six former executives were arrested in November 2017 at the Caracas office of PDVSA and accused of “signing a millionaire agreement to refinance Citgo’s debt under unfavorable conditions for Venezuela” and later sentenced to 13 years in prison.
José Ángel Pereira Ruimwyik began his career in the hydrocarbons sector in 1985, after graduating in Business Administration from the Universidad de Oriente de Venezuela, he signed a contract with Corpoven, SA, a corporation that ended up becoming PDVSA. Has played senior management positions during the 32 years that he has been associated with the oil company. In 2017, he was appointed interim CEO of CITGO Petroleum, a position he held until his incarceration.
Pereira’s family was also in Venezuela at the time of his arrest, but all have had to flee the country due to “extortion demands and threats of kidnapping,” according to what they have denounced. His wife and children live off the executive’s savings, but they confess that they are going through an “extremely difficult” time due to economic uncertainty and the “emotional stress” that this situation has meant for the whole family, according to the Voice of America.