Former director of PEMEX in Mexico seeks benefits in corruption trial
Mexico, Jul 31 Prensa Latina) The former director of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Emilio Lozoya seeks more personal benefits than those provided by the role as protected witness, and is aspiring to achieve an opportunity criterion, as was confirmed by his lawyer Miguel Ontiveros.
The hearing against Lozoya will continue on Friday for numerous financial crimes, all of which are very serious, in the hospital where he was hospitalized for health problems.
Ontiveiros said that the defendant is willing to denounce those guilty of corruption in the Mexican state institutions, be it natural and legal persons, national and foreign, and at the time he will announce them with names, charges, facts and circumstances that surrounded the departure from the rule of law.
An opportunity criterion is a case in which the Office of the Attorney General decides not to press criminal charges because doing so would result in a negligible benefit. Having determined that there is a crime and the probable responsibility of the accused, it still does not present the case to the judicial authority.
The lawyer clarified that there is no established period for the prosecution to determine whether to grant the opportunity criterion, and the law states that the concretion of this benefit must materialize before the Public Ministry formulates the accusation, but at least there are still six months of the complementary investigation left.
After an almost 14-hour-long hearing on Wednesday, where he was linked for the second time to the process for the crimes of use of resources of illegal origin, criminal association and bribery, related to the corruption network of the Odebrecht construction company, from Brazil, the lawyer said that that his client will remain in the hospital for another three days where he is treated for Barret syndrome and anemia.
Regarding this, he reiterated that they will await the determination made by the Prosecutor General's Office to know if, in full collaboration with the Mexican state and its institutions, it accepts the Lozoya proposal to use an opportunity criterion.
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