Mexico: Ex-chief of Mexico’s Pemex accuses former presidents, officials of graft

An ex-chief executive of Petroleos Mexicanos accused former presidents, ministers, lawmakers, political aides and a journalist of corruption in testimony leaked on Wednesday that is aimed at proving he is innocent of graft charges.

Emilio Lozoya, one-time boss of the state-run oil company known as Pemex, has become the centerpiece of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s drive to expose corruption he says was rampant in past governments before he took office in 2018.

Lozoya, who was extradited from Spain last month to face trial for taking bribes and money laundering, has sought to deflect blame by accusing former president Enrique Pena Nieto and his ex-finance minister, Luis Videgaray, of instructing him to pay bribes for electoral ends and buy votes in Congress.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

 

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