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Draining the Swamp: Mexico confirms arrest of corrupt former Oil Company chief

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CDMX – The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) confirmed that the former director of the state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) during Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term, Emilio Lozoya Austin, was arrested on Wednesday in Spain.

 

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The agency reported that Lozoya, accused of corruption, is in the hands of the Spanish authorities, who have arrested him in Mallorca.

The former official is wanted in Mexico to answer for his alleged participation in three crimes: organized crime, bribery and operations with resources of illicit origin in the Odebrecht case.

So far, Spain has not given more details about the detention, the place to which it has been transferred and the dates on which it must be presented to a hearing.

The former manager was a fugitive and unaccounted for after the FGR accused him of having received bribes from the Brazilian firm Odebrecht and of participating in the irregular sale of a fertilizer plant.

Lozoya was director of Pemex from 2012 to 2016, during the Government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).

Javier Coello, defense lawyer for the Pemex extitular, said in statements to a local newscast that he now comes to travel to Spain and support his client. “We have all the evidence to defend it,” he said.

The construction company Odebrecht is involved in what is considered the biggest bribery case in Latin America. For 20 years, this Brazilian company paid more than 800 million dollars in bribes in exchange for contracts in 14 countries.

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