A former government oil company chief who says he was “used” by “an organized apparatus of power” faced a new round of charges Wednesday, after a judge ruled he could stay out of prison while on trial.
Emilio Lozoya, who will have to wear a monitoring bracelet and hand over his passport, entered a second day of hearings as prosecutors laid out new charges roughly equivalent to bribery, criminal conspiracy and money laundering.
Those charges are apparently related to alleged bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has been investigated throughout the region in recent years for buying government contracts with generous bribes. Prosecutors claim Lozoya even offered one of Odebrecht’s Mexican executives a government job. The company reportedly received about $39 million in profits from work in Mexico apparently gained through the bribes.
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