(CNN)Two former executives for Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA have been detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Thursday.
Venezuela arrests former oil bosses in corruption purge
PDVSA's former president, Nelson Martínez, and former minister Eulogio Del Pino were detained, Saab said, adding that 16 other arrest warrants are out for other officials. For those not in the country, an Interpol alert will be requested.
"Sixty-five managers of the oil industry have been detained, of whom 16 are senior heads," Saab said via the attorney general's office Twitter account, adding that these actions "strengthen our democracy."
Saab said the "entrepreneurs" are the cause for the current deficit in the country.
The move comes after President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that Manuel Quevedo would run PDVSA in an effort to "clean up" corruption scandals within the oil company.