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.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.