Venezuela denies irregularities in check seized from Iranian
Regarding the current status of the check seized by the German authorities, Venezuela's public banking minister stressed that it has not been cashed. However, "they (Iranian construction company Kayson) hold a check book and manage their funds based on their own needs and their operation costs. It is a fully transparent operation"
He also rejected allegations that the transaction that involves state-run bank Banco de Venezuela was carried out so that Iran could avoid international sanctions for its nuclear program.
Torres told AP that neither the Venezuelan Government nor Banco de Venezuela had anything to do with the check issued for the value of VEB 300 million (equivalent to USD 47.6 million) and seized on January from an Iranian citizen who works for Iranian construction company Kayson, AP reported.
The minister explained that although the check is from a Venezuelan state-bank, Kayson, which holds a check book of Banco de Venezuela, signed it. The company is responsible for the use of its check book as provided by law.
Regarding the status of the seized check, Torres stressed that "to date, the check has not been cashed, yet they (Kayson), holders of a check book, will manage their funds based on their own needs and their operation costs. It is a fully transparent operation."
Translation by Jhean Cabrera
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.