PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has placed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials on a watch list for money laundering.
The National Commission Against Money Laundering published a resolution naming 55 people and 16 Venezuelan companies “considered high risk for money laundering” and financing terrorism.
Panama’s Economy and Finance Ministry explained in a statement that the resolution heightens due diligence over the people and entities on the list.
Also among those named were Diosdado Cabello, a powerful official of the ruling socialist party, chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab, and various government ministers.
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The move follows financials sanctions imposed by the United States against members of Maduro’s government.
The Venezuelan embassy in Panama did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.