The former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, faces his first hearing for the Odebrecht case (Photo art: Jovani Pérez Silva / Infobae)

This Wednesday, the former director of Pemex, Emilio Ricardo Lozoya Austin, faces a virtual audience before the Federal Control Judge of the North Prison, Juan Carlos Ramirez Benítez, for – allegedly – having received bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

As happened with the hearing that he held on Tuesday before the Federal Control Judge of the North Prison, José Artemio Zúñiga Mendoza, for his alleged involvement in the purchase of the scrap plant from Agro Nitrogenados and in which he was linked to the process but will enjoy the benefit of wearing an electronic bracelet; His statement on Wednesday is also made by video conference.

Miguel Ontiveros Alonso and Alejandro Rojas Pruneda are the lawyers who defend Emilio Lozoya.

The monitoring of the hearing is through notifications sent by the Federal Judicial Council (CJF) via WhatsApp.

Minute by minute

14:05 Emilio Lozoya told Alberto M. that he knew “perfectly” several businessmen with whom he intended to increase his actions together with the Brazilian company; The former Odebrecht director mentioned in his statement, the FGR notes.

13:51 The Attorney General’s Office indicates that the statements of the director of Odebrecht in Mexico « are some of the most important » because as a representative of the company in the country « He designed infinity of irregular plans together with Emilio Lozoya, who many times argued to know perfectly several businessmen, with whom he intended to increase his actions, together with the Brazilian company ».

13:15 In Mexico, $ 39 million was obtained as a benefit for the award of works, while Emilio Lozoya received economic benefits in his account in Switzerland.

13:13 In Mexico, bribes for 10.5 million dollars were made to secure contracts in various public works from 2011 to 2014; secured protected witnesses in Brazil around the Odebrecht case: Prosecutor’s Office.

The witnesses referred to by the FGR are Marcelo Odebrecht, former president of the construction company, and Luis Alberto Meneses Weyll, former director of Odebrecht in Mexico.

13:10 FGR presents more evidence: Witnesses detailed that they had resources for bribes to officials and political parties from African and Latin American countries in the amount of $ 431 million to guarantee business.

With the payment of bribes, Odebrecht benefited with an amount of $ 1.42 million

12:33 The FGR presents more test data: The FIU complaint says that Gilda Lozoya filed statements in 2015 and 2016 for more than 2 million pesos and income for more than 1 million pesos in her tax returns.

12:32 Evidence: Based on fiscal statements presented by Gilda Lozoya, it was detected that she declared before the SAT zero pesos in 2012, which contrasts with the 109,000 declared in 2013.

In Gilda Lozoya’s 2012 tax returns, it was not reported that Emilio, her brother, transferred assets from the Tochos Holding company, which was established outside the national territory.

Photo: DPA / THOMAS PADILLA

12:30 The hearing resumes.

12:19 The FGR presented the test data where it assures that the Swiss Bank detected transfers from the account of the company Tochos Holding, where it exceeded the allowed amount not to consider it as money laundering, however it did not block the account and followed up .

12:06 A 25-minute break is decreed.

12:05 The FGR ensures that Emilio « L » lacked the principle of impartiality as director of Pemex by failing to publicize some contracts.

The accused stated: « I gave instructions in Spain to expedite the procedures for my extradition as a voluntary act on my part to fulfill my commitment to collaborate with the authorities in Mexico. »

11:58 FGR points out « Lozoya was charged with the crime of bribery when, as director of Pemex, he met with representatives of Odebrecht and asked him for support to benefit from public works contracts. »

11:55 The FGR warns Lozoya: « You knew that the resources were from Odebrecht and you received $ 10.5 million as a result of bribes, you associated with your mother, wife and another person, for the purpose of committing a crime. »

11:50 The FGR maintains that the transfer of $ 1,385,000 to Emilio Lozoya’s mother for a property in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has an illegal origin

The Prosecutor’s Office ensures « You requested through an Odebrecht company that payments should be made to the company where you were a beneficiary. »

11:31 Emilio Lozoya assures not to be « guilty or responsible for the facts imputed to me » in the Odebrecht case and told the judge that « In relation to the facts imputed to me, I was intimidated, pressured, influenced and instrumentalized. » In response, he added that « I will denounce, I will point out the persons responsible for these events and the possible beneficiaries of the same. »

Regarding his extradition to Mexico, Lozoya Austin assured that “within the framework of my commitment to collaborate with this investigation, I gave instructions in Spain to expedite the procedures for my extradition, as a voluntary act on my part to renounce the extradition procedure. , precisely to fulfill my commitment to collaborate with the authorities of the Mexican State within the framework of a possible opportunity criterion or the figure determined by the authority. ”

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11:03 The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) asked to fill in the arrest warrant against Emilio Lozoya, assuring that « the offended party requests that the arrest warrant be decreed. »

For its part, the defense of Lozoya “points out that the raid that was made of the extradition trial is a spirit of collaboration with the Mexican State, and especially with the FGR, in search of the truth.

« In this framework, the transfer and apprehension was carried out with absolute respect for your fundamental rights and the human rights of our client, in such a way that this defense requests, with all due respect, a prudent term from the agents of the public prosecutor’s office. , in order that the corresponding facts are duly registered, and that arrest warrant is deactivated. ”

The FGR indicated that Emilio Lozoya « exceeded the number of investments in various countries, mainly in Europe. »

« Odebrecht in Mexico was led by Luis Alberto Meneses Weyll, who constantly met with Lozoya to ask him for guidance in structuring programs in various states of the country, Veracruz and Hidalgo, mainly. » In addition, Lozoya, said the FGR, « offered Luis Alberto a position in the public administration, should his party win the elections in 2012 ».

The FGR assures that Lozoya tried to hide various movements and bank accounts, particularly when he was coordinator of Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign in 2012.

Judge Juan Carlos Ramírez Benítez reports that many of the accounts from different companies were in the name of Gilda « L » and Margarita « A ».

10:05: Judge Juan Carlos Ramírez Benítez informed Emilio Lozoya that he is accused of crimes of legal resources, criminal association and bribery in the Odebrecht case.

By taking the floor, Emilio Lozoya asked that his personal data be reserved, « So it will now be referred to as ERLA » and confirmed their legal representatives and designated them as their attorneys, who protested the position of defense attorneys.

9:31: The hearing begins. Judge Juan Carlos Ramirez Benítez, ordered the start of the hearing related to criminal case 261/2019, “the personality of the defense, of the representatives of the FGR, of the offended party Pemex and of the UIF as complainant is credited.

The hearing will cover the corresponding criminal case for the crimes of appeals of illicit origin, criminal association and bribery, contemplated in the Federal Penal Code at the time of the facts.

Emilio Lozoya is accused of the crimes of money laundering, criminal association and bribery, due to the fact that he allegedly received bribes for just over $ 9 million from the construction company Odebrecht.

This morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos « has already started to speak » (referring to Tuesday’s hearing), and « you will cooperate as a collaborating witness. »

Lozoya Austin is admitted to the Hospital Ángeles del Pedregal since his arrival in Mexico on July 17, when he was extradited from Spain at the request of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government.

The former Pemex director was diagnosed with a « Severe anemia » and problems in the esophagus, so he was immediately taken to the hospital located in the south of Mexico City, for which the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) set up a distractor for the press, in order that the representatives of the media go to the North Reclusorio, where he should have been taken.

Information in development …

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