Corporate managers of investment firm Econoinvest released
The four men were released pending trial
Late on Saturday, the four executive directors of investment firm Econoinvest were released pending trial. They will have to appear in court regularly and were banned from leaving the country.
The trial of Herman Sifontes, Juan Carlos Carvallo, Ernesto Rangel and Miguel Osío will continue its course, but the defendants will face the charges in freedom.
On Friday, relatives of detainees attended a Mass to pray for the release of Econoinvest directors, who were held in detention for two years and seven months.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.