Mexico’s prosecutors refuse to give former Pemex director Emilio Lozoya more time to gather evidence about Odebrecht

The Mexican public prosecutor’s office has refused to extend the deadline set for the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Emilio Lozoya to file a corruption network that revolves around the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and the governments of several Latin American countries.

The prosecutor’s response comes after Lozoya himself requested more time before completing an additional investigation into the case. It is also planned that a court hearing will take place this Thursday.

Sources close to the case have stated in statements to the newspaper “El Universal” that the defense of the former director of Pemex had requested an additional 60 days because “international legal assistance is pending to find out whether the agreement signed by Luis de Meneses” Weyll, Director of Odebrecht, was or was not finally revoked “.

Mexico’s prosecutors refuse to give former Pemex director Emilio Lozoya more time to gather evidence about Odebrecht
Mexico’s prosecutors refuse to give former Pemex director Emilio Lozoya more time to gather evidence about Odebrecht

The public prosecutor’s office has asked the judge, however, to declare the time limit for the investigation to be over and to be able to formulate the charges against Lozoya and to initiate proceedings against him, as there may be no more evidence to be gathered

The Mexican attorney general defended last week that the bribery allegations made by the former director of the state oil company against former presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Felipe Calderón in the Odebrecht case were “free” and “voluntary”.

In this and other corruption cases, Lozoya has to present valid evidence by November 3rd and provide guarantees that he can repair the economic damage suffered by the state in order to prevent him from committing criminal acts. The former director of Pemex is under investigation because of his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht case and the Mexican fertilizer company Agronitrogenados. He was arrested in Malaga on February 12, 2020, but extradited to Mexico five months later.

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