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TSJ asks Spain to send someone involved in PDVSA corruption

The extradition request was activated by the MP following the arrest of Rincón Bravo that occurred in Madrid, Spain at the beginning of April.

The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice declared admissible the extradition request submitted by Venezuela to Spain to send José Roberto Rincón Bravo, who is accused of participating in acts of corruption detected in Pdvsa when Rafael Ramírez was its president. 

The decision is contained in sentence 224 written by Judge Elsa Gómez and signed by her Chamber colleagues Maikel Moreno and Carmen Marisela Castro. 

The extradition request was activated by the Public Ministry following the arrest of Rincón Bravo that occurred in Madrid, Spain at the beginning of April. 

Prosecutor Farid Karim Mora Salcedo based the extradition request on a report issued by the National Financial Intelligence Unit, attached to the Superintendence of Banking Sector Institutions (Sudeban).

Said report records the existence of reports of suspicious activities related to the commercial companies Ingeniería Jurídica & Consultores Tradequip CA and Tradequip CA. Among the directors of these companies are Rincón Bravo (vice president) as well as Roberto Enrique Rincón Fernández (president) and Humberto Roberto Bravo Zambrano (general director). 

The aforementioned commercial companies are accused of having received funds from the state-owned PDVSA between December 2015 and November 2016 obtained through the payment of bribes to obtain contracts. 

In this sense, Tradequip CA received preferential $21563.230 between 2004 and 2011 through 149 applications. The report also reveals that between 2008 and 2015 Tradequip obtained 15 contracts from PDVSA. 

The document also mentions the criminal proceedings opened in the United States against two Rincon Bravo associates, one of them his father Roberto Enrique Rincón Fernández. This person pleaded guilty before a New York court to having defrauded PDVSA for the amount of 1.000 million in order to obtain supply contracts in favor of himself and one of his partners. 

After this admission of the facts, Rincón Fernández, who had been detained in the United States for eight months, received a conditional release measure after paying bail in dollars. Additionally, the businessman acknowledged that in his tax return he omitted more than $6 million in dividends received from a company he owned in Venezuela. 

Another Rincón Bravo associate is identified as Abraham Shiera, who also pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to pay bribes to obtain oil contracts.

The magistrates of the Criminal Chamber reviewed all of the arguments of the Public Prosecutor's Office and confirmed that the extradition request meets the required requirements, declaring the extradition request admissible. 

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