Mexico officially asks Spain to extradite Emilio Lozoya

Enrique Peña Nieto with Emilio Lozoya. (Photo: Ángel Hernández, Cuartoscuro)

The Mexican government, through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, formally asked Spain to extradite Emilio Lozoya Austin to Mexico, so he can face corruption, bribery, and money laundering charges. Lozoya was Pemex director during the Peña Nieto administration.

Sources from the Foreign Ministry explained Mexico had to request the extradition before march 27 but had all the paperwork ready days ago, when the Attorney General’s Office supplied all the necessary documents.

After being on the run for almost a year, Emilio Lozoya was arrested in a luxurious gated community in Malaga, Spain, in late February.

The Spanish police said that as soon as Mexican authorities and the Interpol started to search for the former Pemex director, they discovered Lozoya was living and traveling through different parts of Spain.

In Mexico City, Lozoya Austin is wanted for the purchase of a mansion, allegedly using illegal resources. This crime is punished with up to 15 years in prison.

According to the investigation, the money used by Lozoya to purchase the property came from illicit activities and he was aware of it. Alonso Ancira and Gilda Susana Austin are said to have helped Lozoya in the operation.

The alleged crime is linked to a corruption scheme used to grant Pemex contracts in exchange for bribes.

Businessman Alonso Ancira is also in Spain, waiting to be extradited or released by a Spanish judge.

The Yucatan Times