Lawyers Maria Alejandra Poleo and Jesus Loreto told CNN that the six had been released from prison on Friday night in Caracas and were returning home.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Areaza retweeted a statement Friday calling the release a “gesture of goodwill”
Attorney Poleo told CNN that “we have long wanted a revision of the prison order and welcome the fact that the court has decided to return to house arrest today.” She added: “We do not know what caused this court decision, but we accept it as a political gesture of goodwill towards the United States.”
In a statement, the Richardson Center – led by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who acted as a non-governmental negotiator to lobby for the release of the men – said: Toledo and Jose Pereira, known as CITGO-6, were released from prison and placed under house arrest in Venezuela. -19 outbreak in Venezuela. “
Families from the group welcomed the news and thanked those who participated in the efforts to free them.
“We would like our beloved Tome to be on a plane to the United States with unconditional freedom, but we are very grateful for this positive step taken by Governor Richardson and his team, the Blinken sector and the State Department, the Vatican and other allies around the world.” in a statement by Tomeu Vadel’s family.
The Zambrano family also welcomed the news, adding in a statement that the families were concerned about “men’s health and well-being amid the crowded prison conditions and the risks associated with the Corona virus”.
From CNN’s Stefano Potzebon in Bogotá, Isa Soares of London and Jennifer Hansler of Washington.