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Trump administration sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials

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The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions against five Venezuelan officials for allegedly committing violence against the opposition protesters or benefited from the “corrupt” government of Nicolás Maduro, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

The move coincided with the removal of some sanctions restrictions for US companies, which are banned directly with the Venezuelan government, under an Aug. 5 executive order, reports Reuters.

Government, supporters, chants, slogans in favor of President Nicolas Maduro in March in Caracas, Venezuela in the last month.
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The officials sanctioned Tuesday were previously targeted by the European Union and Canada.

The black list of officials belong to an admiral of the Venezuelan Navy, a major in the national guard, the Secretary-General of the National defense Council, a Deputy of the National constituent Assembly, and a high official in the National Intelligence Service.

“Treasury is the determination of the high-level officials, said on behalf of the repressive regime of former Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the engage in egregious levels of corruption and violations of human rights,” Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.

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The United States and more than 50 governments, opposition leader Juan Guaidó recognize as interim President of the country. They say Maduro was not elected lawfully, again, in the last year, because the opposition candidates were not allowed.

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Maduro, a socialist who has presided over the collapse of his corruption and violations of human rights, has repeatedly to the United States accused Venezuela of suffering.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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