Ex-leader of Venezuelan oil company found dead in Spain

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The former executive director of the Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA J, who was under investigation for money laundering by Spanish diplomats, was found dead in Madrid.

The body of Juan Carlos Márquez, 48, former leader of the Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA , was found dead on Sunday, July 21st in a house in Madrid, reports El Pais.

According to the results of the investigation, he ended his life . The investigators continue to advance on the causes of his death.

Mr Marquez was one of the leaders of PDVSA under the presidency of Hugo Chávez. He was arrested a week earlier at the Madrid airport as part of a money-laundering case.

The anti-corruption prosecutor suspected the former PDVSA leader of having participated in the bleaching of 4.5 million euros of the oil company’s accounts. Former Spanish Ambassador to Venezuela Raúl Morodo and his son Alejo Morodo are also under investigation.

Juan Carlos Márquez signed contracts, supposedly fictitious, linking PDVSA to consulting firms owned by Alejo Morodo. But at the hearing, the ex-leader of the oil company put forward his symbolic role in this case.

Despite the charges, he was released and placed under judicial control.

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