Odebrecht scandal in Mexico: ex-PEMEX pattern placed in remand

Emilio Lozoya, who led the public oil company between 2012 and 2016, during the term of the former President Enrique Peña Nieto, had been arrested in Spain in 2020 and then extradited to Mexico.

Le Monde with AFP

The ex-pattern of the all powerful Mexican public petroleum company PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya, was detained, Wednesday, November 3, for his assumed involvement in the Odebrecht scandal, the Brazilian BTP giant which distributed pots. -Do-wine in exchange for markets in several Latin American countries.

m. Lozoya was arrested in Spain in 2020 and then extradited to Mexico in July of the same year. He had been left at liberty, but this measure was canceled by a judge at the request of the prosecutor, who feared a new flight from Mr. Lozoya, “said court sources.

46 years old, Emilio Lozoya led Pemex between 2012 and 2016, during the mandate of former President Enrique Peña Nieto, of which he was the friend and the close collaborator. According to the prosecution, Mr. Lozoya acknowledged that $ 4.4 million (3.8 million euros) disbursed by Odebrecht in Mexico financed the Presidential Campaign of Mr. Peña Nieto in 2012. The former leader of PEMEX. In the past, having followed instructions by Mr. Peña Nieto, according to statements that leaned in the press in August 2020 from the judicial source.

“Risk of leakage”

During Wednesday’s hearing, Mr. Lozoya proclaimed his innocence. The parquet held that he had “not respected” the obligations related to his status as the main witness in the obedrecht case, and requested the preventive prison against the “risk of leakage”. The prosecution has retained the accusations of merciful and corruption association against Mr. Lozoya, who risks up to thirty years in prison.

In early October, Mr. Lozoya had been seen in a luxurious Chinese restaurant of Lomas, a chic district of the capital. The photo had caused anger in the media and social networks.

Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) is a flagship of the country’s economy – e in the world – born of the expropriation of American and British companies by President Lazaro Cardenas in 1938.

The Odebrecht affair splashes many Latin American countries, where surveys have been opened locally related to Brazilian justice – in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, among others.

/Media reports.