World: Mexican president asks Pemex for information on alleged Vitol bribes

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday instructed state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to reveal information about alleged bribes paid by Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy trader.

“Apparently, the information about who received those bribes is already known,” Lopez Obrador said during a regular news conference. “We’re going to ask Pemex to report on this today.”

Pemex later issued a statement saying it had been pressing for the names of people who had taken bribes, but that Vitol had told the Mexican firm it did not have them.

The Mexican company noted that in February 2021 it had broadened a lawsuit filed against Vitol in December 2020 over the alleged bribery, and had added further evidence to the lawsuit at various intervals up to May 2022.

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