Citgo 6 Rally

A sign dedicated to one of the men who is being held captive by the the government of Venezuela. 

Updated with comments from Congressman Pete Olson at 6 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 11

CARACAS (Covering Katy News) - Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for two years on corruption charges are out of prison but are still being held under house arrest. The partial release of the six employees of Houston-based CITGO was initially confirmed by the Associated Press and Reuters.

It's still not clear exactly what the new conditions are for the men being held under house arrest.

Their change in status came Monday morning Houston time. The U.S. government says the charges are phony and were trumped up by the anti-American Maduro regime.

“News that the Citgo 6 have been moved from the harsh conditions that characterized their imprisonment over the past two years into less restrictive confinement is a step in the right direction," said Congessman Pete Olson. "My communications with the State Department, key officials and — most importantly — the families of the Citgo 6 give me hope that this situation is one step closer to being resolved. we continue to pray for their safe return.”

CITGO executives Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas and Jose Pereira were called to a meeting in Caracas just before Thanksgiving in 2017. The meeting was held at the headquarters of CITGO's parent company. At that point they were arrested and have been held captive ever since. 

We will update this story as more information is made available.

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