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Former head of Pemex banned from public office for 10 years

Mexico City, Mexico — The Superior Chamber of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice has reinforced the decision by a previous court that would see former Pemex head, Emilio Lozoya, banned from holding public office for 10 years.

La Sala Superior del Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa voted to uphold his disqualification from holding public office for a period of 10 years, which was the sanction previously imposed by the Civil Service in May 2019.

In a statement, it was reported that during a public session, eight voted in favor, while there were two abstentions and zero against implementing the former sanction. Magistrates of the Superior Chamber voted to uphold the 10-year sentence against Emilio Lozoya Austin who led the position of director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

Their statement highlights their fight against impunity in Pemex, which they reported, was the result of careful administrative responsibilities where it was proven that Lozoya Austin, who is also wanted by judicial authorities, provided false information in his patrimonial declaration, having omitted, on more than one occasion, a bank account of hundreds of thousands of pesos.

The Ministry of Public Administration, Irma Eréndira Sandoval Ballesteros, referred to it as a positive sign saying that “the confirmation of this sanction is historic as it is the first time that the public service disables a former holder of the state’s productive company, which is a sample of the impartiality, rigor and adherence to the law with which this agency does its job to guarantee an honest and effective government.”