The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported that next week it will prosecute the investigation folder initiated by the complaint filed by the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya against various former officials for acts of corruption.
For the first time, and without specifying who will prosecute the file, the FGR announced its next step in the Lozoya case.
Through a statement, the FGR indicated that in the investigation folder that arose from the complaint filed by Lozoya on August 11, 2020, it has already carried out the necessary steps to bring it before a federal judge and proceed against who or who are responsible and of whom there is already sufficient evidence.
“Next week will be prosecuted against who or who already have sufficient evidence, leaving the corresponding breakdown until culminating with the analysis of each of the reported cases,” he said.
The announcement was made after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador claimed during his morning conference to the FGR that the investigations into the Lozoya case had already taken “a long time” and highlighted the importance of the prosecution reporting the status of the investigations.
In the document, the FGR indicated that Lozoya presented the complaint as part of his request to obtain a criterion of opportunity in the accusations that are being pursued against him.
The complaint was filed against Luis Videgaray, former Secretary of the Treasury; Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca; Francisco Dominguez; Jorge Luis Lavalle Maury; Ricardo Anaya; David penchyna; Jose Antonio Meade, former Secretary of Foreign Relations; Ernesto Cordero; Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya and Carlos Treviño, among others.
It also included former presidents Enrique Peña Nieto, Felipe Calderón, Carlos Salinas de Gortari whom he accused of money laundering, illicit enrichment, electoral crimes, bribery, criminal association and other crimes.
The FGR pointed out that the investigation files against Lozoya began on January 27, 2017 and March 7, 2019 based on the complaints filed by Pemex for the Odebrecht and Agronitrogenados cases, respectively.
He recalled that after requesting support from Interpol, Lozoya was captured in Spain and his extradition procedure concluded in July 2020 because the former director of Pemex agreed to request a criterion of opportunity.
Currently, Lozoya is linked to a process for money laundering and criminal association in both cases, but he has his process released by placing an electronic bracelet, his periodic signature before the court and the prohibition to leave the country.
The term for the complementary investigation will conclude on March 7 and later, the date for an intermediate hearing will be set, which also depends on the health measures implemented by the Covid-19 contingency.