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Charges in the Odebrecht case to include 16 people

Mexico City, Mexico — The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) will seek to impute 16 people involved in the Odebrecht case on organized crime charges. Some of those mentioned include former President Enrique Peña Nieto, former Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray and former PAN presidential candidate, Ricardo Anaya.

According to Milenio, to date, the Public Ministry has only accused three people of money laundering, criminal association and bribery which includes previous presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya, the former director of Pemex, Carlos Treviño and the former PAN senator, Jorge Luis Lavalle Maury.

On September 2, the Investigation Unit in charge of the case issued an agreement in which it forwarded the investigation folder to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime, initiated by the Lozoya complaint made in August of last year.

The investigation documents specifically points to former President Peña Nieto and his Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray Caso, “who, through the former CEO of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, obtained resources from the Brazilian company Odebrecht.”

According to the FGR, these resources were used to finance the electoral campaign of the then PRI candidate for the 2012 presidential elections as well as to deliver bribes to legislators of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for the purpose of them casting their votes in favor of the Constitutional reform on Energy and Secondary Laws in order to deliver Mexican oil to foreign companies and interests, mainly to the Brazilian company Odebrecht, as well as to grant contracts in favor of the company through Petróleos Mexicanos.

“All these conducts were carried out under the instructions given by both Enrique Peña Nieto and Luis Videgaray Caso and which were operated within the state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos, using the personnel who worked in said company such as Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO, its private secretary Rodrigo Arteaga Santoyo, its administrative coordinator, Francisco Olascoaga Rodríguez, as well as the trusted staff of Emilio Lozoya Austin himself ,” the agency said in their report.

The Attorney General’s Office supports these allegations in various investigative acts, “consisting of interviews with the personnel who worked in Petróleos Mexicanos as well as the personnel who worked in the Chamber of Senators and the former officials of the Brazilian company Constructora Norberto Odebrecht”.

There has not been an official public update from the FGR on any of these charges involving those named by Milenio in the Odebrecht case.