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CITGO 6 begin fourth year in detention in Venezuela as families prepare to spend another holiday without them

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Just before Thanksgiving 2017, a group of six US oil executives were summoned to Venezuela for an emergency work meeting, where they were arrested on corruption charges

(CNN)Just before Thanksgiving 2017, a group of six US oil executives were summoned to Venezuela for an emergency work meeting, where they were arrested on corruption charges

Now, the families of the CITGO 6 -- Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira -- are preparing to spend another Thanksgiving without their loved ones.

"Regardless of political party, we expect continued commitment from all levels of the US government to exhaust every effort to bring American hostages home, like my father Tomeu," said Cristina Vadell.

"We really do just hope that President Biden really does keep our family in his heart, that Vice President Harris keeps our family in their hearts," said Gabriela Zambrano Hill, the daughter of Alirio Jose and niece of Jose Luis.

"Knowing that we're adding yet another year notch on the wall is really difficult for my whole family," Hill told CNN.

So too is the case for Tomeu Vadell, whose daughter Veronica Vadell Weggeman had her first child this year.

She told CNN that she couldn't believe another year had passed, and that her family is "heartbroken that this issue hasn't been resolved. "

"Three years of his life have gone to waste unnecessarily, and the family has suffered emotionally this whole time," Añez said.

Añez said he hoped that the hearing would reach a "favorable and correct resolution" at its end.

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