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Mexico Arrests Ex-Pemex Chief After Flashy Meal Sparked Ire

  • Emilio Lozoya became witness after being accused of corruption
  • Lozoya had told prosecutors that Pena Nieto ordered bribery
Emilio Lozoya
Emilio Lozoya

Photographer: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

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Mexican authorities took former Pemex Chief Executive Officer Emilio Lozoya into custody in a corruption case that reaches the highest levels of power, after the nation’s president pressed prosecutors to speed up the drawn-out investigation.

At Wednesday’s hearing, the judge granted a request by federal prosecutors to have him put into pre-trial detention. Prosecutors argued that Lozoya, who is accused of corruption but became a protected witness and avoided prison, is now a flight risk.