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FOXBUSINESS: Relatives of Americans held captive in Venezuela make emotional plea for help

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

This article by HENRY FERNANDEZ was originally published by FOXBusiness on February 7, 2019.


Relatives of five American citizens imprisoned in Venezuela are speaking out in an emotional effort to bring their loved ones home.

“We’re pleading for help of President Donald Trump, Mr. Maduro, Mr. Guiadó, down to the jailer holding the keys to their cell,” Carlos Añez, son of Jorge Toledo, told FOX Business’ Trish Regan on Thursday. “Please, if you understand human rights, if you understand grief … you can act.”

The executives – they are Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas, Tomeu Vadell, Alirio Zambrano and José Luis Zambrano, along with Citgo’s former CEO, José Angel Pereira, a U.S. permanent resident --  are being held captive in a Venezuelan jail by embattled President Nicolás Maduro and his socialist regime. The men were on a business trip in the capital of Caracas and have been held since Nov. 21, 2017.

“It’s been a blur for our families ever since,” daughter Jessica Zambrano said. “There’s not a moment that I don’t think about him.”

Cristina Vadell, the daughter of former Citgo’s former vice president of refining, Tomeu Vadell, said she has been able to speak to her dad on several occasions.

“There’s weekly calls from most of the men, but if we are not with our mothers, we might miss it,” she said as she held back tears.

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