“The Venezuelan people have been screwed left and right. These malandros (gangsters) are like a horde of locusts who descended on the rich and fertile oil-blessed lands of Venezuela and they have devoured everything, leaving nothing,” said Russell Dallen, a Florida-based lawyer with Caracas Capital Markets, who follows Venezuelan financial affairs closely.

“It seems to be just the way this works,” said Dallen. “ To be fair, we are helping them by cleaning things up down there. There is the cost of litigation and keeping them all in jail,” he added.