Mexico: Ex-Pemex boss asserts innocence on corruption charges, vows to denounce others

The former boss of Mexican state oil firm Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, told a court on Tuesday he was innocent of graft charges and vowed to denounce those responsible for his alleged crimes, in a case that could seriously embarrass Mexico’s previous rulers.

The trial of Lozoya is the highest-profile investigation so far in President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s campaign to root out corruption in Mexico, which he has characterized as the biggest malaise plaguing the country.

The 45-year-old Lozoya, who was chief executive of Pemex – officially known as Petroleos Mexicanos – from 2012 to 2016 under former President Enrique Pena Nieto, attended an initial court hearing Tuesday and faces another on Wednesday.

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