A federal judge is scheduled for the next November 4 and 7 The key hearing that will define whether the former director of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya AustinPresident Andres Manuel López manages to close a deal with Obrador’s government to avoid prosecution. For Odebrecht and Agronitrogenados casesOr if, on the contrary, it should go to the test.
Judicial officers confirmed political animal That Judge Veronica Gutierrez Fuentes, attached to the Federal Justice Center of the North Preventive Prison in Mexico City, set intermediate hearing dates by her own decision, after concluding that the above procedures could not continue indefinitely.
These hearings were originally scheduled to blow off steam last April. However, both the defense of Lozoya and the representatives of Pemex and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) requested that they be postponed because of the possibility of reaching an agreement.
The parties had originally requested a two-week period in both processes to reach a possible settlement, but this period has been extended indefinitely due to difficulties in closing it. talks continue today,
Last January, FGR prosecutors decided to put in writing formal charges against the former director of Pemex, after concluding that the co-operation he provided to denounce other acts of corruption led him to It is not enough to provide alternative exits or criteria. Chance.
In the Odebrecht case, settled in criminal case 261/2019, the FGR concluded that Lozoya allegedly Benefited from about $10 million In a bribe given by a Brazilian construction company. For this reason, he requested that a trial be opened against him for the offenses of money laundering, criminal association and bribery, that he be found guilty and sentenced to 46 years in prison.
And in the Agronitrogendos case based on criminal case 211/2019, prosecutors asked Lozoya to prosecute him for alleged bribes of more than $3 million that he would have received from the company Altos Hornos de México. For these facts, FGR requests a prison sentence of up to 15 years against the former director of Pemex.
Faced with the imminent prospect of going to trial, Lozoya’s defense attorney and his father, businessman Emilio Lozoya Thalman, both intensified negotiations with the federal government to close the criterion of opportunity, as the legal advantage of an individual. which provides information for reporting facts. more gravity than those exerted on it. This advantage includes the suspension of their procedures.
However, one of the requirements to get this benefit is repair damage, Lozoya originally offered to pay 200 million pesos, plus the delivery of at least five real estate assets as collateral. Despite the fact that the said settlement was originally (according to the former officer’s lawyers) endorsed by the Pemex Board of Directors on the day of the hearing before the judge, Officials indicated they needed more time before accepting it,
According to consultations with officials, the position of the former director of Pemex remains in place in the sense of closing a potential settlement that protects him from going to trial. In favor of FGR, he indicated that there would be no opposition from the public ministry if Pemex accepted the arrangement, but, otherwise, they would try to move the process along.
political animal Published on July 29 that criminal proceedings against Lozoya has been extended for more than two years without any definition, Meanwhile, the former officer is in preventive custody at the Northern Jail since November 2021.