Relatives of five U.S. citizens who formerly led the oil company Citgo are asking President Trump for help to free the men as they end a second year living in the windowless basement of a military intelligence facility in Venezuela.
The businessmen are nearly unrecognizable from weight loss. One was too weak to lift his less than four-foot son during a recent visit. And after waiting 18 months for a preliminary hearing, they still have no trial date on vague corruption charges.
The five Americans, all dual citizens, were arrested a week before Thanksgiving 2017, accused of negotiating a loan on poor terms. Supporters saw it as pretext for socialist