Mexico: Returned of tainted Pemex boss spells trouble for Mexico’s old elite

Once a rising star of Mexican politics, Emilio Lozoya could trigger a precipitous fall from the grace of former colleagues if he returns to spill the beans on alleged corruption inside the government of the country’s last president, Enrique Pena Nieto.

Lozoya, who is being extradited from Spain to Mexico, is expected home this week to face a series of corruption charges dating back to his 2012-16 tenure at the helm of struggling Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex.

Once vaunted as a possible foreign minister, the 45-year-old Lozoya has become a key piece in President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to expose corruption in and around the government he took over from Pena Nieto in December 2018.

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