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  • According to the allegations, Nieto and his Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray, instructed Lozoya to allocate millions to buy the votes of senators and deputies.

    According to the allegations, Nieto and his Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray, instructed Lozoya to allocate millions to buy the votes of senators and deputies. | Photo: EFE/EPA/ Etienne Laurent

Published 12 August 2020
Opinion

If Enrique Peña Nieto is prosecuted for corruption and bribery, it would be the first time that a Mexican president goes to court over these charges.

Mexicos's Attorney General's Office investigates former president Enrique Peña Nieto for corruption and bribery related to the 2012 presidential campaign, which Nieto won.

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During a video released on Tuesday, the Attorney General of the Republic, Alejandro Gertz Manero, revealed the accusations by the former head of Mexican state oil firm Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, and said that his office was opening a case. 

Loyoza said that he had allocated 100 million pesos he received from Brazilian construction company Odebretch to fund Nieto's campaign and to pay for foreign electoral advisers.

"Former President Enrique Peña Nieto, @EPN, and former Secretary of the Treasury, @LVidegaray, would have ordered him to allocate 100 million pesos in bribes from Odebrecht to pay foreign advisers in the 2012 presidential campaign, Emilio Lozoya complains to @FGRMexico."

According to the allegations, Nieto and his Secretary of the Treasury, Luis Videgaray, instructed Lozoya to use 404 million pesos to buy the votes of senators and deputies. The goal was to win the support on a group of reforms carried during 2013 and 2014 named Pacto de Mexico.

Moreover, Loyoza said that he could present four witnesses, videos, and documents to back up his accusations. The former Pemex president remains in Mexico to face trial over a corruption case that involves the Odebrecht company.

Several Mexican lawmakers explain that if Enrique Peña Nieto is prosecuted for corruption and bribery, it would be the first time that a Mexican president goes to court over these charges.

   

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