A new drama adds to the criminal accusations against Emilio Lozoya Austin. According to the newspaper Reform, the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Marielle Ellen Eckes, his wife of 17 years, signed the divorce in April of this year. The news was revealed during a hearing regarding the Odebrecht case, where Lozoya appealed for his provisional freedom.
Alejandro Rojas Pruneda, Lozoya’s lawyer, presented two documents as evidence to request his freedom and thus justify the change of precautionary measure, among which was an informative text about the divorce of the former Pemex official, on April 7, in Germany, where the couple had their last registered address before the investigations began into the bribery cases at Agronitrogenados and Odebrecht.
According to the report, the prosecutors at this hearing questioned the content of this divorce announcement, saying that it was necessary to carry out investigative acts such as a request for legal assistance to verify the authenticity and its subsequent translation. “Although it refers to the existence of a divorce file, we do not have the complete file,” he mentions. Reform.
Marielle Helene Eckes, Lozoya’s wife of 17 years, belongs to one of the wealthiest families in the country and is linked to the foundation of the Granini juice company, one of the largest in Europe. In Mexico, two arrest warrants were issued against Eckes, one for alleged tax fraud and another for the crimes of criminal association and money laundering. The judicial harassment against Lozoya’s family circle, which includes investigations of his mother and his sister, was decisive in convincing him to agree to collaborate with the Mexican Prosecutor’s Office. Meanwhile, the FGR requested 39 years in prison against Lozoya after the collaboration pact with the authority was broken.
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