23 de junio de 2017 08:04 AM
Actualizado el 23 de junio de 2017 08:14 AM
Police agents of Portugal and Spain have joined efforts to investigate the presumed diversion of at least USD 6 billion property of Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), which eventually fell in the hands of senior officers of the Venezuelan Ministry of Energy in Spain.
Investigation sources told Efe that the Spanish police conducted a search on Thursday of four residences of Venezuelans and a room of a luxury hotel in Madrid, under the coordination of Judge Carmen Lamela, of the Spanish National Court.
The Spanish judge counts on the aid of a public prosecutor and a police chief of Portugal.
The inquest revolves around irregular cash flows from Pdvsa in 2009 and 2014.
Portuguese justice is querying into alleged misappropriation of funds of the Venezuelan state-owned oil holding through the Portuguese bank Espírito Santo.
According to the reports, this bank presumably acted as a bridge to channel a portion of that money into several countries, including Spain, where USD 3-4 million are estimated to have arrived, and also to Andorra, where the potential involvement of Banco Madrid is tracked.