Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Reforma
Who is Lozoya?
Emilio Lozoya Austin was arrested in Spain today on a Mexican warrant. For those of you not familiar with Lozoya, or what he is being accused of:
Lozoya is the former CEO/Diector of PEMEX Petroleos Mexicanos. He was arrested on February 12 in Costa de Sol, in Malaga, Spain .
Lozoya Austin faces multiple charges including criminal association, money laundering.
The former official’s sister, mother and wife also face charges of money laundering.
When he was arrested in Spain he was flagrantly living the high life in a mansion estate valued at 27M USD.
In the 2012 campaign of Enrique Pena Nieto, Lozoya was the International Link Coordinator.
At the beginning of the six – year term, he was appointed director of Pemex, until he was dismissed by the President in 2016 , when he was involved in bribes involving the construction company Odebrecht.
He accepted bribes from construction companies such as Odebrecht and OHL, to obtain public works bids.
Also in his capacity as director, he charged 50 thousand to one million pesos for serving businessmen and politicians.
He is also charged with the purchase of the Agronitrogenados scrap-processing plant in 2013, at an inflated price of 57% more of its real value. It was 30 years old and 14 not working, so in 2017 the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) revealed that its value was inflated 57 percent.
Pemex also authorized in 2015 the purchase of the Fertinal plant with a value 14 times inflated and absorbed a debt that the fertilizer company maintained.
The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) presumes that the purchase of the property could be a bribe, since it was acquired 12 days after a Pemex subsidiary endorsed the purchase of Agro Nitrogenados to AHMSA.
At the request of the FGR , on May 29, 2019, Interpol red flagged Emilio Lozoya to locate the fugitive in 190 countries.
Nine months later, on February 12, Lozoya was arrested by the Spanish Police and Interpol when he was leaving a residential complex on the Costa del Sol, a rich and tourist neighborhood of Malaga, Spain.
In the next few hours he will be transferred to Madrid to appear before Judge Ismael Moreno at the National Court on Thursday morning.