Saturday , October 23 2021

Emilio Lozoya refuses to appear before federal court for lack of legal guarantees


Emilio Lozoya Austin, former director of Petróleos Mexicanos, announced that he will not appear before the judge who issued the arrest warrant against him.

Lozoya said in a statement that there are no legal conditions or guarantees to do so.

"The crime I am accused of today is not serious nor does it merit informal pre-trial detention, a situation that is illegal and irregular, because the Public Prosecutor knew perfectly well that whenever I was required to appear in any of Fepade's investigation files, I appeared .

They knew my address and I was not led by summoning to sue as provided by the rule, "said the former employee.

The former director of Pemex said that "it is clear that if I appear before the judge of control they bind me to the process
and intend to justify pre-trial detention, even though the crime I am accused of does not justify this and never turn me away from the action of justice. "

In addition, Lozoya said elements of the Federal Ministerial Police lied to the trial judge on the search that took place at his parents' home on May 28.

Elsewhere in the document, Lozoya points out that so far
"I was denied a copy of the records in the search folder (about your case),
to know what is imputed to me and because it is imputed to me.

"This illegality on the part of the FGR is unprecedented, since it is the right of every citizen to defend himself before illicit assumptions," he wrote.

He added that he instructed his lawyers to "take as many legal actions as possible to ensure a fair and just process."

The Attorney General's Office revealed last Wednesday that Lozoya Austin and her sister, Gilda Susana Lozoya Austin, must meet a series of demands to enforce the final suspension that different judges have granted them, and that they deprive them of their arrest warrants. against

Among the requirements, he stressed that they must appear before the judge who issued the arrest warrant against him, be available when requested, and show a guarantee for the costs of proceedings.

Luz María Ortega Tlapa, Judge of the Eighth District of Amparo in Criminal Matters of Mexico City, granted on the same morning the final suspension within protection 487/2019 promoted by the former employee.

The judge explained that the effect of the final suspension granted to the former director of Pemex would last until the amparo judgment was fully resolved and said that this does not prevent the continuation of the criminal process.

At the end of May, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Ministry of Finance froze bank accounts of Emilio Lozoya and his family; Alonso Ancira and Altos Hornos de México, among others.

The head of the FIU, Santiago Nieto, indicated that the investigation focuses on the money transfers that AHMSA made to a ghost subsidiary of the Brazilian giant Odebrecht, which in turn sent funds to Lozoya's accounts.

Later, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) obtained arrest warrants against Lozoya and Ancira, the latter detained in Majorca.

Lozoya was disqualified as a civil servant for a period of 10 years, according to the Ministry of Public Administration (SFP) on 22 May.

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