The State Department announced sanctions on Friday, Dec. 18, against Ex-Cle Soluciones Biométricas CA, an Argentine company that provided biometric identity verification machines, for the Dec. 6 National Assembly elections in Venezuela.
In a statement, the State Department detailed that the sanctions apply to the company that provided biometric services in support of the fraudulent legislative elections of the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro.
According to the website of Ex-Cle CA, the biometric technology company operates in Venezuela as a subsidiary of Ex-Cle SA, registered in Argentina. It is in charge of designing systems that use biometrics to verify and identify citizens when they vote.
The sanctions also targeted Guillermo Carlos San Agustín and Marcos Javier Machado Requena, two representatives of the company, authorizing the seizure of their assets in the United States.
As detailed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the statement, “Ex-Cle C.A. has millions of dollars of contracts with the illegitimate Maduro regime, providing electoral hardware and software to regime-aligned government agencies.”
Pompeo also added that the company was aware of the Venezuelan regime’s efforts to manipulate the elections. Ex-Cle CA also helped Maduro’s elected National Electoral Council purchase machines from China by routing payments through the Russian financial system.
The State Department further noted that the voting machines were shipped through Iran using rogue airlines such as Mahan Air and Conviasa, both of which had previously been sanctioned by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC.
Pompeo concluded in the statement: “Those who seek to undermine free and fair elections in Venezuela must be held accountable. Maduro’s reliance on companies like Ex-Cle C.A., as well as recently sanctioned PRC tech firm CEIEC, to rig the electoral processes should leave no doubt that the December 6 legislative elections were fraudulent and do not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people.”
Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, said, “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,” he added.
According to The Epoch Times, the United States, the European Union, as well as several Latin American countries announced last week that they would not recognize the results of the Dec. 6 parliamentary elections.