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2 more arrested in Venezuela corruption drive

July 15, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities say they have arrested two officials of the PDVSA state oil company for allegedly soliciting a $95,000 bribe from a contractor to solve an unspecified legal problem.

Authorities say the legal affairs and litigation managers in the eastern state of Monagas were arrested in a government crackdown on corruption that began last month.

Sunday’s statement from the Interior Ministry did not specify the date.

Authorities last month jailed the tax office head in the port of La Guaira and the director of the nation’s anti-corruption office.

And last week, a court ordered eight people arrested for allegedly embezzling $84 million from a fund that Venezuela manages with China.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has discounted the anti-corruption effort, saying the government has yet to jail a “big fish.”

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