A judge has ordered the arrest of Emilio Lozoya, a former head of Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), on a charge of corruption, the Prosecutor General’s Office (FGR) said Friday.
Lozoya is accused of accepting bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has admitted in court to paying off top officials throughout Latin America in exchange for lucrative contracts.
Arrest warrants for Lozoya and three women allegedly involved in the scheme were issued on Thursday after prosecutors submitted evidence.
Local media said the three women were Lozoya’s wife Marielle Helene Eckes, his mother Gilda Austin, and his sister Gilda Lozoya.
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