Lozoya had his first of two days of hearing, which will be through videoconferences (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Within minutes of the 12 hour mark, the audience of Emilio Lozoya, the former director of the state oil company Pemex during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), culminated with the link this Tuesday to the process for the operation of resources of illegal origin.

In the long meeting, with several short breaks, the dominant voice was that of the General Prosecutor of the Republic (FGR), who argued for the extradited process to be linked in the case of the purchase of the fertilizer company Agro Nitrogenados at a premium during his tenure as head of the productive company in the Mexican state.

However, the audience had phrases to highlight, names to draw a detailed map of the case, and figures to give it substance and substance. Then, Infobae Mexico chose the highlight of the marathon day.

The phrases

Lozoya’s appearance was made from the hospital where he has been since his extradition to Mexico (Photo: Henry Romero / .)

In a hearing without access to media, all the quotes are approximate, since the social communication personnel transmitted the versions of those involved in the process not in a stenographic way. Nonetheless, highlighted some important phrases during the day.

Perhaps the most important was that of José Artemio Zúñiga Mendoza, control judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center of the North Prison, since it determined the night:

I resolve to link it to the process for the crime provided for in article 400 bis of the Federal Penal Code, that is, operations with resources of illicit origin, in the form of acquiring real property within national territory with knowledge that the resources used come from a illegal activity

On the part of Lozoya, he undoubtedly highlighted his initial statement. « At the time of exposure of test data I will demonstrate that I am not responsible or guilty for the crimes imputed to me« He said, recalling that his commitment was to waive the extradition trial to clarify his situation.

Lozoya will not be in jail for now (Photo: Edgard Garrido / .)

Lozoya again took the floor to add that, due to the investigation against him, he was « systematically intimidated, pressured and instrumentalized. » « Manifest to you (judge) that I will denounce and point to the authors of these events and I reiterate my commitment to collaborate with the authorities of the Mexican state ”, he remarked.

Lozoya’s defense, meanwhile, also had a key moment in the hearing. They warned that their client “it was used as a non-intentional instrument, within the framework of an organized power apparatus that distanced itself from the law in the face of the commission of acts”As referred by the authorities.

In due course, they completed, Lozoya will denounce the acts committed against him, indicating « clearly » the persons responsible and the positions they held. « All this, in the spirit of safeguarding the construction of an opportunity criterion that has begun to take shape with the FGR, » they said.

« The configuration of the opportunity criterion has been requested by Mr. Lozoya Austin to the FGR. Aims to speak the truth, find that truth, and finally do justice« The defense concluded, which did not spend time answering the authorities’ arguments.

Lozoya’s investigation in the « Agro Nitrogenados » case will last six months (Photo: Alex Cruz / .)

The FGR, on the other hand, made sentences on the argumentation of the case for which the judge had no objections. « It is notorious that the resources acquired (by Lozoya) do not come from commercial relationships, but from acts of corruption, based on a resource triangulation ploy both nationally and internationally, « argued the authorities.

About the purchase of Agro Nitrogenados at a premium: « (Lozoya) intervened and encouraged the purchase of the company », they pointed out. However, the negative impact on Pemex’s equity due to the decrease in its financial assets « has not generated sufficient flows to meet the bank debts contracted. »

Precisely the legal representative of Pemex also had striking participations. About Agro Nitrogenados: “The amount paid to date is likely to increase as debt maturities materialize.« They warned.

The names

Emilio Lozoya and his sister, Gilda Susana, who remained as a beneficiary of the Swiss bank account with which money was allegedly triangulated (Photo: special)

Throughout the appearance of the former Peñanietista cabinet official, various names paraded, especially during the FGR intervention. Relatives, an entrepreneur and even the saleswoman of a house appeared in the registry.

One first big names is that of Gilda Susana Lozoya, who as Emilio’s sister was the holder of the Swiss account that received the transfers from Altos Hornos de México. However, it was brought to the attention of the FGR that at that time she was a student, so she was not apt to be the representative of that account due to the resources that were managed.

The businessman Alonso Ancira, one of the key pieces of the « Agro Nitrogenados » case (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Along with Lozoya’s sister, another of those named in the “Agro Nitrogenados” case was Alonso Ancira, the owner of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), who through his company transferred money to Lozoya in exchange for favors, as was the same purchase of the fertilizer company, when he had a position in the government. The businessman is detained and awaiting his extradition to Mexico from Spain.

The name of the father of the accused, Emilio Lozoya Thalmann, appeared at the beginning of the hearing, when authorities detailed that the former director of Pemex had been able to interview him and his defense attorneys, who confirmed their defense of the former official on Tuesday: Miguel Ontiveros and Alejandro Rojas Pruneda.

Miguel Ontiveros Alonso and Alejandro Rojas Pruneda are Emilio Lozoya’s defense attorneys (Photo: Special)

Another name was also mentioned: María del Carmen « A », who was the owner of the Lomas de Bezares house that Lozoya acquired with a part of Ancira’s transfers.

Tochos UnlimitedFor his part, he was the company name facade who headed the bank account of Swiss origin. The Alarcón FoundationFinally, it is the name of the hospital of Spain in which they attended Lozoya and that determined that he suffered from « anemia, asthma of five days of evolution and other physical conditions », for which he has been hospitalized since his extradition to Mexico.

The numbers

Lozoya’s tenure at Pemex occurred between 2012 and 2016 (Photo: Daniel Becerril / .)

During the hearing, the Prosecutor’s Office gave details not only about Ancira’s transactions to Lozoya, but also about Pemex’s expenses, first to acquire Agro Nitrogenados and then to be able to keep it afloat.

The Prosecutor’s Office recalled that Lozoya assured that the investments (USD 655 million, USD 455 million for the purchase and USD 200 million for rehabilitation and modernization) would be a « good business » for Pemex. The purchase was completed in December 2013. The authorities recalled that Ancira, as the majority shareholder of AHMSA, received this purchase at a premium price as compensation.

Pemex’s legal representative at the hearing also gave an important detail: the assets of the state productive company was affected by having allocated an amount of USD 150.8 million to date to capitalize the company. « To date, it does not present a recovery scenario, the damage has not yet ended because Pemex continues to face the debt as maturities materialize, » they elaborated.

Ancira reportedly made deposits to Lozoya using Altos Hornos de México, which was later benefited by the EPN government (Photo: Twitter @AceroAHMSA)

On the other hand, was detailed through the FGR that Ancira, through AHMSA, using the Mexican financial system, transferred resources for one USD 500,000 from a branch in Monclova, Coahuila, to the account in Geneva, Switzerland, in the name of Gilda Susana. The rest of the transfers were made in different movements throughout November 2012, during the transition period to reach the power of Peña Nieto.

Little more than 34 million pesos of those transfers were used to purchase a house in the Lomas de Bezares neighborhood., in Mexico City. The FGR accuses Lozoya of having hidden the origin of the resources of the acquired property.

On the other hand, in December 2013, USD 60,000 was deposited in favor of Lozoya, and another amount for the owner of the house in Lomas de Bezares, identified as Carmen “A”. The owner agreed, according to the authorities, to have received a total of 38 million pesos for the property.

It is well known that the resources acquired do not come from commercial relationships, but from acts of corruption, based on a stratagem of triangulation of resources, both nationally and internationally.

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