German authorities investigate Emilio Lozoya and his wife

Quinto Elemento Lab, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Tamedia confirmed that German authorities launched an investigation against Lozoya and Marielle Helene Eckes

German authorities investigate Emilio Lozoya and his wife
The former Pemex official is involved in two major cases - Photo: Tomas Bravo/REUTERS
English 30/07/2019 14:39 Mexico City Actualizada 15:00
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According to a report from a German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung; Tamedia, a Swiss media company, and a Mexican media outlet, 5° Elemento Lab, Emilio Lozoya entered Germany a few weeks ago through the International Frankfurt Airport.

The report mentions that Münich authorities confirmed they have launched an investigation against Lozoya and Marielle Helene Eckes. German authorities are trying to find out if the couple laundered money through several German companies.

Moreover, European authorities think Lozoya could be hiding in Switzerland.

A source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed that Mexican officials have asked the German Criminal Police (BKA) for information about Lozoya, contained in the millions of documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm being guarded by German authorities, linked to the Panama Papers, a case Lozoya has also been linked to.

European authorities think the former Pemex official was in Germany but fled to Switzerland in mid-July. Additionally, Lozoya's company, Tochos Holding Limited, has a bank account in a Swiss bank, whose be beneficiaries are Lozoya and his sister, Gilda Susana. Moreover, Lozoya has lived in Geneva before, her wife's family owns an airplane company there, and two of his children were born in the European country.

Today, NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity announced that the Attorney General's Office has located three homes owned by Lozoya and his family in New York and one in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mexican authorities shared the locations with the Interpol, whose helping Mexican authorities to locate and detain the former Pemex director.

According to the NGO, the Attorney General located a home in Geneva, which was attributed to Lozoya after Mexican authorities were tracking the movements made in a bank account in the Gonet & Cie bank.

Today, Mexican authorities have also announced that Lozoya has no valid protection measures to prevent his arrest for his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht and Agronitrogenados cases.

The former Pemex official has renounced the definitive suspension awarded to him by a Mexican judge, a measure that prevented his detention; this means the Attorney General can now detain and arrest him.


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