Venezuelan authorities arrests DirecTV executives after US firm pulls out

Venezuelan authorities arrests DirecTV executives after US firm pulls out

Venezuelan authorities have jailed three local DirecTV executives under an arrest warrant issued after the Dallas-based company abruptly cut off services to the South American country last month, citing US sanctions against the socialist government, the men’s lawyer said on Friday.

Al Jazeera reports today that Carlos Villamizar, one of the three men, told reporters in his lawyer’s office before surrendering that he had no prior knowledge that the services were being ended and that he was innocent of any crimes.

Villamizar was accompanied by his lawyer Jesus Loreto, who said the other two managers had “voluntarily surrendered” to authorities and were being held at the intelligence service headquarters in Caracas, known as El Helicoide.

Former DirecTV employees expressed solidarity with the trio on social networks, with the hashtag #DIRECTVSomosTodos (We are DirecTV) trending on Twitter.

 

 

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