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A former Mexican oil boss has accused ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto of corruption in a widening scandal that threatens to engulf part of the country's political class, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported on August 12, 2020.

Emilio Lozoya, who headed the national oil company Pemex from 2012 to 2016 and had previously worked for Pena Nieto's 2012 presidential campaign, was extradited from Spain in July to face graft charges in Mexico.

As part of his collaboration with the judiciary, Lozoya said that more than 100 million pesos ($4.5 million) were channelled from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht into the ex-president's campaign, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said on Tuesday, without naming Pena Nieto directly.

Odebrecht is at the center of a continent-wide corruption scandal and has admitted to paying nearly $800 million in bribes in 12 countries, 10 of them in Latin America. Pena Nieto and a person who later became his finance minister ordered the Odebrecht money to be given to foreign election advisers who worked for the campaign, Gertz quoted Lozoya as saying. The former Pemex boss also said 120 million pesos had been used to buy votes of lawmakers who backed reforms during Pena Nieto's 2012-2018 presidency, according to the attorney general.

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