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‘Outrageous’ Lozoya's Accusations / No Fear, If Innocent

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:33

Outrageous Lozoya's accusations. President López Obrador said former PEMEX head Emilio Lozoya's accusation involving three former presidents and 15 public officers in an extended corruption scheme in PEMEX is very serious and outrageous. “Everything indicates that the accusation is true, that it is not apocryphal,” he said but warned that the investigating authority still needs to collect all the evidence to assess this. Yesterday former presidents Carlos Salinas, Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto, as well as 15 former ministers and senators were accused by Lozoya of embezzling federal funds for PEMEX and participating in several acts of corruption, some of them involving Odebrecht.

If you owe nothing, you fear nothing. President López Obrador said all people involved in the Lozoya accusations have nothing to fear, if proven innocent. “If you owe nothing, you fear nothing. If they didn’t receive any money then there is nothing to worry about. If they are being slandered, then they must file a complaint for moral damage”, he said. The president ruled to have a political persecution against anyone, since the only goal is to eradicate corruption. “The court that judges human beings, women, men, social and political leaders, is the court of everyone's conscience,” he said.

Ask people to read the document. President López Obrador asked the people to read the document presented by Emilio Lozoya yesterday accusing former presidents of corruption, and said that he didn’t finished the 63-page document since it was late and he didn’t want to have nightmares. The president said all the money allegedly used to pay bribes for legislators to approve the Energy Reform, and for fraudulent purchasing plants and operating complexes, must be given back to the Treasury since this money belongs to Mexico.

Zacatecas governor asks for funds. Zacatecas Gov. Alejandro Tello urged President López Obrador for support aiming to the recovery effort to face the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. “The economic reactivation is one of the main challenges and I ask for your support by releasing infrastructure projects offered to state worth MX$1 billion (US$450 million)”, he said. Tello highlighted that the planned investments in infrastructure projects will impact the whole state’s economy.

Crime, up 0.1 percent. July was a tense month due to the arrest of José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez, Minister of Security (SSPC) Alfonso Durazo said. He detailed that last month homicides rose 0.1 percent the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel leader was arrested. During today’s briefing in Zacatecas, Minister of National Defense (SEDENA) Luis Cresencio Sandoval said the state is a communications hub for drugs and weapons. “Zacatecas is a communications hub, they can go to Monterrey, Guadalajara, the La Laguna region, the part of the Pacific Ocean connecting Guanajuato to Jalisco”, he said.



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