Emilio Lozoya reportedly received millionaire bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht (Photo art: Steve Allen / Infobae México)

Less than 24 hours after your first process link, Emilio Lozoya, the former director of the state production company Pemex during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), was again linked to process by the crimes of use of resources of illicit origin, criminal association and bribery, for the “Odebrecht” case, but will not be in jail for now derived from this resolution.

He federal judge of Control of the North Prison Juan Carlos Ramírez Benítez indicated that he was competent to hear and resolve the matter « in terms of matter and territory. » « Society and national heritage were endangered ”he expressed.

The crimes for which the former official was linked are sanctioned in various sections of the Federal Penal Code, and will be applied to Lozoya « in his capacity as material author, of a malicious nature ». The authorities will also have six months to carry out the investigation.

The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) He once again let out of his requests for precautionary measures against Lozoya the preventive prison, but requested that he not be able to leave the country or Mexico City. Although he may be in the country’s capital with an electronic bracelet, the same measures as those requested this Tuesday in the other case for which he is tried.

Emilio Lozoya must wear a bracelet and will not be able to leave the CDMX, but he will not be subject to preventive detention in this case either (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The defense accepted the precautionary measures and the judge confirmed them, so Lozoya will not step in jail for now in any of the cases where he is charged.. The former official’s lawyers announced that he has already turned in his passport and visa to enter the United States.

In addition, Ramírez Benítez, like yesterday his colleague José Artemio Zúñiga, at the head of the case of « Agro Nitrogenados », asked Lozoya to report to the authorities every 15 days once he is discharged from the hospital where he has been since his extradition to the country on July 17.

The judge also pointed out that Lozoya’s mother opened an account to receive illicit transfers; the wife of the former Pemex director opened an account to receive transfers; and the sister « benefited from opening accounts for deposits. » « All three failed to report the operations to the tax authorities.« He remarked.

Wednesday’s hearing

Lozoya returned to appear from the hospital where he has been since July 17, when he was extradited to Mexico (Photo: Henry Romero / .)

At his second hearing for the second consecutive day, Lozoya, 45, appeared again from the hospital where he is currently staying, treated for anemia and other complaints. The man appeared in the “Odebrecht” case, where He was accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian company to promote projects and tenders in his favor once he was in power..

The defense attempted to deactivate the arrest warrant for this case, but the General Prosecutor of the Republic (FGR), accompanied by the representatives of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Secretary of Finance, who was part of the whistleblower side, sought their imputation for the three crimes mentioned.

So much Lozoya as his defense reiterated their opportunities to express themselves during the hearing. The former director of Pemex assured that is not « guilty or responsible for the facts » that are imputed to him. « As part of my commitment to collaborate with this investigation, I gave instructions in Spain to speed up the procedures for my extradition, as a voluntary act on my part, » he added.

Lozoya again assured that he was not guilty or responsible for the crimes that he is accused of (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

This, he said, to fulfill his commitment to collaborate with the authorities of the Mexican State within the framework of a possible opportunity criteria « or the figure determined by the authority ». In addition, he repeated his claims that he was « intimidated, pressured, influenced and instrumentalized » in relation to the facts imputed to him, promising to denounce and point out the persons responsible for these events « and the possible beneficiaries. »

The defense, specifically, he insisted on placing Lozoya as a « non-malicious instrument within the framework of a power apparatus », although on this occasion they added that said apparatus is made up of « High authorities » of the Mexican State « that was established with the objective of abusing that power that had been legitimately granted to them ”.

To achieve this, they advanced, their client He will specify « in a very clear and forceful way their names, the positions they held and the methods of instrumentalization that were used for the commission of the facts object of this investigation ”.

Lozoya promised to reveal to the « high authorities » that make up the « power apparatus » that led him to commit these acts: some point to former President Peña Nieto and former secretary Videgaray (Photo: Special)

The FGR, for its part, argued that Lozoya « exceeded » the number of investments in various countries, mainly Europe, where he triangulated the money he received from Odebrecht. Even, they stressed, the former official offered Luis Alberto Meneses Weyll, director of the Brazilian company in Mexico, a position in the public administration if Peña Nieto managed to succeed in the 2012 presidential elections, as it ended up happening.

Also, the authorities linked Lozoya’s sister, Gilda Susana, just as in the case of “Agro Nitrogenados”, and now also the mother, Margarita “A”Since many of the accounts used to receive the bribe money were in their names. « Lozoya tried to hide various movements and bank accounts, particularly when was coordinator (international) 2012 presidential campaign″, They specified.

In the Odebrecht case, as in Agro Nitrogenados, the paths of money led to the authorities to acquire a house in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, a Mexican seaside resort, for which Lozoya transferred more than USD 1.3 million to his mother whose origin, they noted, was unlawful. « You were aware of the illegality of the money for the detailed operations, » they accused.

As in the « Agro Nitrogenados » case, the acquisition of a millionaire property alerted the authorities to the origin of the money (Photo: MCCI)

Also, the FGR referred to the payments that Odebrecht made to Lozoya to receive favors once in government. « He met Meneses Weyll when he was a representative in Mexico and favored him to get public work contracts, » they said.

Lozoya he would have received, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, $ 4 million when he was part of Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign and $ 6 million already as director of Pemex. « He said that if you win, you will have a position that will allow you to provide public works contracts, » they completed. Lozoya directed Pemex between December 2012 and February 2016.

Also, They accused him of wanting to justify the acquisition of the property in Ixtapa before the Ministry of Public Function « trying to hide the nature of the property » that he acquired through a trust agreement where even his children were. They also pointed out that his wife, to whom he had to transfer the property, allied with a legal representative who had held a position in Altos Hornos de México, the company that also paid bribes to Lozoya in the « Agro Nitrogenados » case.

Odebrecht would have paid Lozoya USD 4 million during the 2012 presidential campaign and another USD 6 million when he was already in command of Pemex (Photo: Daniel Becerril / .)

The resources that would have received Lozoya in Odebrecht are USD 10.5 million, results of bribes. « He was associated with his mother, his wife (Marielle Helene Eckes) and another person with the purpose of committing a crime, since his sister was the owner of the account, » authorities said.

They remembered that an FGR delegate in the United States received information from protected witnesses who reported the payment of bribes in various countries, including Mexico, and they detailed that they had resources for bribes to officials and political parties for USD 431 million in African and Latin American countries.

Thanks to $ 10.5 million, the Brazilian company benefited with USD 39 million for the award of works, while Lozoya benefited financially from his Swiss account. And is that Odebrecht was a « spoiled » in the Peña Nieto administration, mainly with a direct award to condition the Tula refinery, in 2014, after eliminating the public tender for the project.

Emilio Lozoya had already been linked to the process this Tuesday in the case of « Agro Nitrogenados » (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

As evidence, they recalled Meneses Weyll’s guilty pleas in a New York court and payments to the accounts of companies where Lozoya was a beneficiary and part of his family. « He violated the codes of ethics of Pemex public servants, because he did not act with the required honesty or confidentiality, » they assured.

Lozoya was also linked this Tuesday to a process for the operation of resources of illegal origin, but he announced that he will collaborate with the Mexican authorities to « find the truth » and he won’t be in jail for now. Judge granted the six-month request to close the investigation against Lozoya, who will have to wear an electronic bracelet and will appear before the authorities every 15 days.

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