FGR indicts former PAN Senator Jorge Luis Lavalle for bribery and money laundering in the Odebrecht case

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The Attorney General’s Office charged this Thursday, April 8, former legislator Jorge Luis Lavalle Maury, former president of the Senate Administration Commission, for the crimes of money laundering, criminal association and bribery, derived from the investigation folder FED / SEIDF / CGI-CDMX / 865/2020, following the accusations made against him by the former CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Emilio Ricardo Lozoya Austin.

Lavalle Maury appeared this same day, by videoconference – in the presence of his lawyers, representatives of the FGR, as well as two attorneys from the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) and the Senate – before Marco Antonio Fuerte Tapia, District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Penal System, attached to the North Prison Federal Criminal Justice Center.

According to the FGR, Lavalle Maury was summoned to appear for the complaint filed by Lozoya Austin, on August 11, 2020, who accused him – along with 15 other politicians and former senior officials – of receiving bribes of up to 500 million pesos, from of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, to approve the energy reform in 2012, promoted by the now former president Enrique Peña Nieto.

On January 26, federal judge Fuerte Tapia postponed the hearing scheduled for that day in which the former senator, a member of the National Action Party (PAN), was to be charged for allegedly receiving bribes from Lozoya Austin, to approve the energy reform. , derived from the Odebrecht case.

The investigation folder for which the former PAN senator Lavalle Maury was summoned began last August 11, by the General Investigation Coordination of the FGR, based on the complaint of facts presented by Lozoya Austin.

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So far, the former senator for Campeche – expelled from the National Action Party (PAN) in June 2018 – is the only one of the 16 politicians and former high-ranking federal officials denounced by Lozoya Austin, whom the FGR brought to court.

“After 6 months of speculation and slander, the authority has finally summoned me for next January 26. I will formally appear to know and evidence the lies that the confessed criminal Lozoya has told about me ”, informed the militant of the National Action Party (PAN), through his account of the social network Twitter, on January 17.

In addition to denying the accusations against him, the former PAN senator obtained from a federal judge, last November, an injunction to demand that the FGR reveal whether or not it was investigating the politician from Campeche.

On November 11, 2020, it was reported that Rafael Caraveo Opengoal, former technical secretary of the Board of Directors of the Senate of the Republic, who worked directly with Lavalle Maury, to whom an alleged PEMEX official delivered bags full of bundles of banknotes , He confessed to the FGR, that it was not one but seven occasions in which he came for 15 suitcases full of money.

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