Roberto Rincon and Abraham Shiera have pleaded guilty in Texas to charges relating to the bribery of officials in a Venezuelan state oil company. Both men were involved in a scheme that embezzled $1.16bn from Venezuela’s state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). Venezuela’s chief prosecutor announced today that the extradition of Rincon and Shiera will be requested imminently as part of a wider move to secure twelve other people who are involved in corruption in Venezuela.

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