Odebrecht Scandal: Court Denied Mexico Attorney General Arrest Order for ex-Minister

Former Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and other high-ranking politicians, who wielded power under Lopez Obrador’s predecessor, were accused in August of corruption by a former CEO of Mexican national oil company PEMEX.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexico’s attorney general sought an arrest warrant for former Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in a case involving scandal-plagued Brazil construction firm Odebrecht, but was blocked by a judge, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Videgaray and other high-ranking politicians, who wielded power under Lopez Obrador’s predecessor, were accused of corruption in the deposition of a former chief executive officer of Mexican national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), leaked in August.

The deposition, whose authenticity is not in dispute, alleges they used bribes from Odebrecht to finance political campaigns . . .

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