A biometric security company in Venezuela has been sanctioned by the United States for providing “goods and services that the (Nicolas) Maduro regime used to carry out the fraudulent December 6, 2020 parliamentary elections.”
In an update to its sanctioned listing yesterday, the US Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it had added the biometric security company based in Caracas for supporting embattled Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro.
According to an update from the US Treasury Department, the company, Ex-Cle Soluciones Biometricas C.A. “materially supported” Maduro in the last election. The US also added two of the seniors at Solciones Biometricas to their sanctioned list.
According to the media update, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the “illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to steal elections in Venezuela show its disregard for the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.”
“The United States remains committed to targeting the Maduro regime and those who support its aim to deny the Venezuelan people their right to free and fair elections,” Mnuchin was reported as saying.
Discussions about the legitimacy of Maduro’s regime were brought back into the local public domain just Thursday when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley confirmed that T&T would refrain from voting on any OAS business as long as a representative of Maduro is not included.
OAS secretary general Luis Almagro has been vocal about his support for Maduro’s opponent Juan Guaido. But Rowley says that Almagro’s position on Venezuela rule is a personal one and not that of the OAS.
Rowley and Caricom have adopted a position of neutrality when it comes to Venezuela politics.
With regards to the recent parliamentary elections in Venezuela, Rowley, speaking to the media on Thursday, said he did not know whether it was good or bad but said that Guaido was absent and did not participate in the December 6 elections.