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Cruz, Cornyn call for release of Citgo 6

Posted: 7:20 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 20:20:26-04

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn today released a statement calling for the release of six former Citgo Employees being held by the Venezuelan government.

The Citgo Six, as they have become to be known, have been held by Venezuela’s Maduro regime since November 2017.

One of the six is Alirio Zambrano, who helped run Corpus Christi’s Citgo refinery before he was taken captive.

In their statement today, Cornyn and Cruz sy the Citgo Six are being used as political pawns by an illegitimate government, and called for their immediate release.

“Every day that passes for these families without their loved ones is excruciating. The six men have been held in deteriorating conditions, made worse by the fact the Venezuelan government has denied them a trial and contact with the U.S. State Department. We are gravely concerned for their health and safety as they continue to be used as political pawns by an illegitimate government. We call for their immediate release and safe return to their families in Texas and Louisiana. Until then, we will continue to work with the Administration to ensure these aggressive actions by the Maduro regime are met with the appropriate action.”