Mexico attorney general sought arrest of ex-minister, president says

Mexico attorney general sought arrest of ex-minister, president says
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  • calendar-gray 04 November 2020

Mexico’s attorney general sought an arrest warrant for former Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in a case involving scandal-plagued Brazil construction firm Odebrecht but was blocked by a judge, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Videgaray and other high-ranking politicians, who wielded power under Lopez Obrador’s predecessor, were accused of corruption in the deposition of a former chief executive officer of Mexican national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, leaked in August.

The deposition, whose authenticity is not in dispute, alleges they used bribes from Odebrecht to finance political campaigns and influence lawmakers to support a reform of Mexico’s jealously-guarded energy sector.

“I have been informed that a request of this nature was made to the judiciary, but the request was rejected,” Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conference. “My understanding is that the judge sent the request back to the attorney general’s office.”

He said he did not know if a new warrant could be requested.

Mexican news outlet Latinus first reported on the matter.

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