An upset Emilio Lozoya Austin accused the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of wanting to extort him, after Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) increased from 10 to 30 million dollars the amount for the repair of the damage for the Odebrecht and Agronitrogenados cases in which he is accused.
In a hearing held this Tuesday at the Reclusorio Norte, the lawyers of the former director of Pemex denounced before the Control judge, Gerardo Alarcón López, the surprise change of Pemex and the UIF, without presenting a justification in the meetings they held in June, in which Emilio Lozoya’s father participated, but not the FGR.
In view of this, the aforementioned judge requested the legal representatives of Petróleos Mexicanos and the FIU to motivate their decision to increase the amount requested by 200 percent to extinguish the criminal action against the former official.
By not doing so, Judge Gerardo Alarcón López determined not to carry out the intermediate hearing, because the change in the amount was not motivated or founded, in addition to the fact that the Attorney General of the Republic did not participate in the meetings where Pemex and the FIU established the amount.
“It is not possible, for the moment, to carry out the hearing, the government’s position is dogmatic, lacking in support without motivation in which the FGR did not participate.”
Alarcón López reprimanded the prosecutors of the Attorney General’s Office for not participating in the meetings in which it was agreed to increase the amount for repairing the damage, is already the head of the investigation.
“It makes me suspicious and I don’t understand why the FGR didn’t participate,” he said.
Dressed in a prisoner’s uniform and a little thinner, Emilio Lozoya Austin, former director of Pemex, described the sudden change in the amount requested by Pemex and the Financial Intelligence Unit as “illegal, immoral, and it seems bordering on extortion.”
Lozoya Austin accuses extortion
“The narrative is false and implausible, the FIU and Pemex requested in January 2022, 3.4 million dollars, now what they are asking for is 200 percent more, it seems to me that it is immoral, illegal and bordering on extortion,” the former official returned.
Lozoya Austin stated that he agreed to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Office in light of the political harassment of him and his family.
Likewise, he said, he agreed to pay 100 percent of what Pemex, the FIU and FGR “manufactured” as alleged damage for the Odrebecht and Agronitrogenados casesfor which he questioned: “Why the demand? Why the quasi-extortion?”
And he attacked: “It is immoral for this government to go to a restaurant in Mexico City, but not to go to restaurants and play golf in Boston and Madrid.”
“After these acts of authority, harassment, extortion, who in his five senses will want to collaborate with justice, it seems that politics wins over justice. I wonder if the president is aware of what was said here.”