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Gideon Long in Bogotá

The US has imposed sanctions on the three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for their alleged role in a vast international corruption network that profited from a government scheme to import food.

The Treasury on Thursday also imposed measures on seven other people including a prominent Colombian-born businessman, Alex Saab, who it said was the scheme’s mastermind.

“Through a sophisticated network of shell companies, business partners and family members, Saab laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in corruption proceeds around the world,” it said in a statement.