The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, spoke on Wednesday about the revelations that the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya, made in the complaint of events that he presented to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), and in which it involved former presidents, senators, former secretaries of state, legislators and public officials.
“Yesterday the prosecutor announced that former presidents, two former presidents, as I understood, are involved in possible acts of corruption. Also to public servants, legislators, a deputy, five or six senators …
There is talk of a video, I would like to see it, like all Mexicans; Hopefully and the video can be released, all the information. Yes, we must take care of due process, but we must also be as transparent as possible, I would say everything, make public life more and more public, ”said the Mexican president.
Alejandro Gertz Manero, Attorney General of the Republic, this Tuesday detailed that Emilio “L”, charged with the crimes of use of resources of illicit origin, criminal association and bribery; He directly accused former president Enrique Peña Nieto, and former Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray, as those who ordered him to hand over 100 million pesos, from Odebrecht bribes, to foreign advisers who worked for his presidential campaign in 2012.
In addition, Gertz Manero also explained that the former director of Pemex pointed out five senators and a deputy to receive bribes to approve the structural reforms of Peña Nieto in 2013 and 2014.
He also referred to the accusations thatThat weighs on the Ethylene XXI company, which was given “a series of economic benefits”, during the previous administration (that of Felipe Calderón), according to the statements of Emilio “L”.
The prosecutor assured that Lozoya gave the names of four witnesses, delivered receipts and a video of his statements.
López Obrador assured that all those involved will have to appear to testify.
“In this case, Mr. Lozoya reached an agreement with the prosecution to be a collaborating witness and give all the information on crimes that were committed, not only in the past administration, but also in the previous administration, So yesterday the prosecutor announced that former presidents, two former presidents, as I understood, are involved in possible acts of corruption, also public servants, legislators, a deputy, five or six senators, so what’s next? summoned to declare ”, he pointed.
He reiterated that Emilio “L” has to present the evidence of his sayings for them to have legal value.
“That they be summoned to testify and that Mr. Lozoya present the evidence, because he filed a complaint and is obliged to prove. If it was just a saying without proof, it has no legal value and I would say social, moral. There must be support, there must be evidence, there must be witnesses.
Then, probably all those indicated will be cited and will have to declare. That doesn’t mean they’re already guilty, but when there is a complaint with these characteristics, then the accused have to declare. So, we are going to wait for the result and for the prosecution to report, ”the president explained.
López Obrador clarified that although it is a political position that citizens are consulted, whether or not former presidential trials are carried out, he cannot for a judicial process, since he is not an accomplice of anyone.
“I cannot stop a judicial process, I cannot be an accomplice, it does not correspond to me, that is a matter that has to do with the prosecution, I’m not going to cover up for anyone. So, we are going to wait for the prosecution to do its job, ”concluded the Mexican president.