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Newly Sanctioned by the United States of America, but an Old Friend of Saab and Pulido

Adrián Perdomo Mata has just entered the list of sanctioned entities of the US Department of the Treasury, as president of Minerven, the state company in charge of exploring, exporting and processing precious metals, particularly gold from the Guayana mines. His arrival in office coincided with the boom in exports of Venezuelan gold to new destinations, like Turkey, to finance food imports. Behind these secretive operations is the shadow of Alex Saab and Álvaro Pulido, the main beneficiaries of the sales of food for the Local Supply and Production Committee (Clap). Perdomo worked with them before Nicolás Maduro placed him in charge of the Venezuelan gold.

24/03/2019 13:28:01

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The United States of America tries to disarm the financial scheme supporting Nicolás Maduro. This week, the Department of the Treasury added Compañía General de Minería de Venezuela (Minerven) and its president, Adrián Antonio Perdomo Mata, key pieces in the gold exchange operations for food carried out since last year by the Venezuelan Government, to the list of sanctioned entities of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

With no career path in mining, Adrián Perdomo is, in fact, an old acquaintance of Alex Saab Morán and Álvaro Pulido Vargas, the Colombian entrepreneurs who since 2016 stand out as the main beneficiaries of food imports for the state program of the Local Supply and Production Committee (Clap), linked to Maduro in 2017 by General Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, dismissed from office by Chavismo. Maybe that was the only reason why Maduro signed on July 20, 2018, the presidential decree that appointed Perdomo as president of Minerven.