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From Veracruz to La Guaira, a trip that links Piedad Córdoba with Nicolás Maduro

The rebel prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Díaz, opened a real Pandora's box. Her accusation against Group Grand Limited not only strips the food import business for the popular Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP). It also confirms that the businessman from Barranquilla, Alex Nain Saab Morán, hitherto linked to former Colombian senator, Piedad Córdoba, is also a hinge of President Nicolás Maduro. From the port of Veracruz, at least 7 million boxes of food have been shipped to Venezuela by a ghost company with no permanent office in Caracas or Mexico, and thanks to a millionaire contract with the Venezuelan government.   

03/09/2017 0:00:00

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Venezuela's main food distribution center is in the port of Veracruz, Mexico. From there, thousands of miles away,so far this year, vessels have sailed, loaded with food boxes for the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP), a program designed by Nicolás Maduro. The five-days voyage involves coming down from the Mexican Gulf, crossing the Caribbean Sea and reaching Venezuelan shores, and has led to a millionaire business deal with Group Grand Limited, the ghost company that, according to Luisa Ortega Díaz, the Attorney General of the Republic deposed by the Venezuelan Government, has a direct connection with the president of Venezuela.

Although unknown to the public, Group Grand Limited has quietly entered Venezuelan homes, especially the poorest, through food boxes. The company is the major beneficiary of the CLAP business. It has even imposed itself over Postar Intertrade Limited, owned by Venezuelan businessman Samark López Bello, who the U.S. Treasury Department pointed out last February as the "front man" of Vice President Tareck El Aissami. Precisely the sanctions associated with that accusation, quickly removed him from the business after having signed a contract for about 120 million dollars with the Venezuelan authorities for the sale of 3 million CLAP boxes, according to López Bello.