Venezuela prosecutor orders arrest of former state oil chief

In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s United Nations ambassador, stands outside the Security Council at U.N. headquarters. Ramirez, who recently resigned as Venezuela’s UN ambassador, is wanted on suspicion of money laundering and embezzlement related to the state oil company, PDVSA, said Attorney General Tarek William Saab on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor ordered the arrest of the former head of the state oil company Thursday, accusing him of bankrupting the downtrodden country’s primary source of income.