On Monday night it came to light that the Attorney General's Office (FGR) requested a judge to issue an arrest warrant against Luis Videgaray Caso, a former official of the government of Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto, for electoral crimes, bribery, treason and criminal association, after the testimony of Emilio Lozoya, former director of PetrÃ³leos Mexicanos (Pemex), who has been in custody for several months.
Questioned during his morning press conference, President LÃ³pez Obrador confirmed that a judge denied the arrest warrant requested by the FGR against Videgaray Caso, after Lozoya Austin accused him on April 11 of having used a portion of the bribes paid by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to buy votes from legislators and secure the votes necessary for the majority approval of the energy reform that changed the face of Mexican energy policy in 2013.
"I was informed that a request to that effect was made to the Judiciary, but the request was rejected because a judge considered that the investigation or the request being made was not well integrated, and I understand that the judge returned that request to the prosecutor's office, I do not know if it was definitive or to be completed," said the president.
However, the Prosecutor's Office led by AG Alejandro Gertz Manero informed that it has not received the rejection of a request for an arrest warrant against the Secretary of Finance and Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the government of Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto (2012-2018).
"The Federal Public Ministry has not received from the Control Judge any rejection of a request for an arrest warrant against Luis 'V'," the Attorney General's Office reported in a memo published on Tuesday.
According to the request of the FGR in the investigation folder FED/SEIDF/CGI-CDMX/0000865/2020, integrated by the SubprocuradurÃa Especializada en InvestigaciÃ³n de Delitos Federales, Videgaray is indicated as the material author of three crimes and co-participant of two more: co-participant in an electoral crime and another one of bribery.
In another conference, President LÃ³pez Obrador said that the former high-ranking official should come and declare voluntarily: "He who owes nothing, fears nothing," he said.
"If it is being mentioned that a person is involved or is being accused and is innocent, then let him show willingness to testify. He who owes nothing, fears nothing. And also, if it is not done in this way, the judge has to, if it merits it, authorize the arrest warrant. There is the right to protection. In short, these are trials that can take time," said the president when questioned about it.
Videgaray is remembered for being the author of Donald Trump's visit to Mexico in August 2016. The then Secretary of Finance and right-hand man of the President was harshly criticized and presented his resignation. Months later, after Trump's victory, he was named Secretary of Foreign Affairs for his good relationship with Jared Kushner.
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