The former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya Austin, challenged the preventive detention measure that was issued against him after being accused of buying and selling the Agronitrogen fertilizers plant.
It will be the Unitary Court who determines if the measure is annulled or if on the contrary it proceeds after being dictated by the control judge José Artemio Zúñiga Mendoza on November 10.
Lozoya is currently detained in the North Prison of Mexico City, after being accused of having bought in 2013, as director of Pemex, a useless fertilizer plant from Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), in exchange for bribes, as indicated in criminal case 211/2021 of Agronitrogenated.
It should be noted that for these same charges Alonso Ancira, owner of AHMSA, who allegedly sold a Pemex plant for 500 million dollars, even though it was inoperable.
But unlike Lozoya, Ancira yes he agreed to pay a repair of the damage in April and the the prosecution agreed to release him in exchange for the payment of 216.6 million dollars.
Former director of Pemex did not pay to repair the damage
This same treatment would have been proposed to Lozoya, but so far the lawyer Miguel Ontiveros revealed to the press that Lozoya offered to pay for the reparation of the damages only about $ 3.4 million in the case of the fraudulent purchase and sale of the Agronitrogenados fertilizers plant and another 1.6 million in the case of bribes from Odebrecht.
It is important to remember that last Monday, November 22, a judge extended the deadline for close the investigation against Lozoya by the Agronitrogen fertilizers plant. For its part, the defense of the former director of Pemex requested an extension of the term, which will be until December 3.
What did Emilio Lozoya do?
Economist Emilio Lozoya was apprehended in 2020 on charges of corruption, money laundering, influence peddling and organized crime. He served as CEO of PEMEX in the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto and is now accused of take bribes from Odebrecht for the Peña Nieto campaign in 2011.
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