MEXICAN EX-OIL BOSS VOWS TO NAME NAMES IN CORRUPTION TRIAL
The graft trial of a former Mexican oil boss was raising expectations it could implicate members of the previous government on Wednesday, with Emilio Lozoya promising to reveal names, Andrea Soso Cabrios and Sinikka Tarvainen wrote for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on July 30, 2020.
Lozoya, who headed the national oil company Pemex from 2012 to 2016, is suspected of having received up to $10 million in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, and of financial irregularities and graft in Pemex's 2014 purchase of a fertilizer plant.
"I am not guilty nor responsible for the acts I have been charged with," the 45-year-old said on the second day of his trial, which dealt with the charges related to Odebrecht. "I am telling you I shall denounce, signal the people responsible for these acts and the possible beneficiaries," he added.
The trial is the highest-profile graft probe under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to stamp out corruption in Mexico. It is thought possible the case could implicate politicians and even Lopez Obrador's predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, who was president from 2012 to 2018.