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Former Pemex director arrives in Mexico to face criminal charges including bribery and money laundering

Mexico City, Mexico — The former director of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, has been returned to Mexico after being arrested in Malaga, Spain in February.

Lozoya entered the North Prison at 4:25 a.m. Friday, after being transferred from the hangar of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) in a convoy consisting of four trucks, two motorcycles and a National Guard patrol unit.

The former director of Petróleos Méxicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya, arrived in Mexico after being detained and eventually extradited by the Spanish government for criminal association and involvement in criminal operations with illicit resources in the Odebrecht and Agro Nitrogenados cases.

Lozoya’s hearing will be behind closed doors, however, the Federal Judicial Council (CJF) says that it will report in real time via social media due to the Covid-19 health emergency. After his February 12 arrest, Mexico made their formal request for his extradition March 23, derived from two arrest warrants. Lozoya Austin will face two criminal prosecutions for money laundering, bribery and improper exercise of public service.