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Former Pemex deputy director extradited from Canada to face charges of theft

Mexico City, Mexico — A former Pemex deputy director has been extradited from Canada upon a request by the government of Mexico. The extradition of Eduardo “L” took place Sunday from the Vancouver International Airport.

According to the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), Eduardo “L” was wanted by Mexican authorities on charges of “organized crime in matters of hydrocarbons and the illicit theft of hydrocarbons.”

The former deputy director of Strategic Safeguarding of Pemex had an outstanding arrest warrant on accusations of the illegal extraction of hydrocarbons.

According to the FGR file, between January 2015 and August 2016, General Brigadier Eduardo “L” was alleged involved in the theft of 2,194 million liters of hydrocarbons with a then-value of around 25 million pesos.

The former official, accused of organized crime and illegal theft of hydrocarbons, was part Enrique Peña Nieto’s staff during his period as Governor of the State of Mexico.

A Mexico City judge issued the arrest warrant for Eduardo “L” in May of 2019. In October 2020, at the request of the Canadian Department of Justice, the FGR presented the formal extradition request.

“After being detained for extradition purposes and after hearings in which the parties offered and presented evidence, a judge determined the extradition to Mexico of Eduardo “L” was appropriate and indicated that the defendant has 30 days to appeal said resolution,” the FGR reported.