Mexico to Investigate Former President Pena Nieto’s Finances | News | DW


Mexican prosecutors have opened an investigation into former President Enrique Pena Nieto for several alleged crimes, including money laundering and illicit enrichment, weeks after the country’s anti-money laundering agency told him off. accused of managing millions of dollars in potentially illegal funds.

In a press release, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) referred to Pena Nieto as “Enrique ‘P'”, in accordance with Mexico’s policy of not identifying those accused of crimes. The statement said he is under investigation for potential election-related crimes linked to a Spanish construction company, including money laundering, illicit enrichment and illegal international transfers.

The former Mexican leader, who was in office from 2012 to 2018, now lives in Madrid. He denied any wrongdoing.

Investigation of financial irregularities

The statement said some of the allegations implicate Spanish construction company OHL: “Progress in this investigation will allow for prosecution in the coming months.”

OHL’s Mexican unit was fined for shortcomings in its financial reporting in 2016, although the company maintained there was no evidence of fraud. OHL Mexico has also been hit by corruption allegations over leaked records that appeared to show its executives discussing government overcharging for a highway concession.

In July, Mexico’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit said Pena Nieto had received around 26 million pesos ($1.25 million) from a relative in Mexico, calling the FGR to investigate the transfers money of unknown origin.

He was also suspected of having ties to two companies that won lucrative contracts with Mexico during his tenure.

No charges filed

Pena Nieto then addressed the accusations: “I am sure that before the competent authorities, I will be authorized to clarify any question concerning my assets and to demonstrate their legality.”

No charges have been filed, but the prosecutor’s statement says that could change in the coming months.

Left-wing populist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador replaced Pena Nieto as president in 2018. He has repeatedly accused his predecessors of corruption.

see/msh (Reuters, AP, AFP)

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