Odebrecht: Emilio Lozoya's mother will be prosecuted
Gilda Margarita Austin was extradited from Germany to Mexico on November 2 - Photo: Paulo Whitaker/REUTERS

Odebrecht: Emilio Lozoya's mother will be prosecuted

05/11/2019
15:44
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Mexico City
Manuel Espino, Alexis Ortiz, Diana Lastiri
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Emilio Lozoya is involved in several corruption cases at Pemex and Odebrecht

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On November 2, Gilda Margarita Austin, the mother of the former Pemex director Emilio Lozoya Austin was extradited to Mexico from Germany.

According to her lawyer Javier Coello Trejo, after being in detention for three months, she “asked to go to Mexico” to face the accusations made against her, which include criminal association and money laundering.

Coello Trejo said Margarita Austin notified the German government that she agreed to her extradition two weeks ago.

Judges issues arrest warrants for Emilio Lozoya and his family

Gilda Austin was detained in Germany by the Interpol in July 2019, when a judge issues arrest warrants against Emilio Lozoya; his wife, Marielle Eckes; his mother, Gilda Austin; and his sister, Gilda Lozoya for their alleged participation in a bribery scheme orchestrated by Odebrecht.

 

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Left to right: Crista Fassbender, Emilio Lozoya Austin, Marielle Eckes Fassbender, and Gidla Austin

 

Gilda Austin was linked to the bribery scheme after it was revealed that Emilio Lozoya transferred USD $180,000 from his German account to Austin's bank account in 2012, so that his mother paid the taxes generated by the purchase of a home in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. It believed that the money Lozya transferred to his mother was part of the USD $10.5 million bribe Odebrecht allegedly paid Lozoya.

After Gilda Margarita Austin arrived in Mexico, Mexico's Attorney General's Office charged Emilio Lozoya's mother with criminal association and money laundering and requested that she is prosecuted.

The Attorney General's Office claims that Gilda Austin's bank account has used to receive bribes from Odebrecht for Emilio Lozoya when he was Pemex's director. It is claimed that Austin received at least USD $185,000 between 2010 and 2015.

Emilio Lozoya's mother has been arrested in Germany

After a 9-hour hearing, a federal judge decided to prosecute Gilda Margarita Austin for criminal association and money laundering, nevertheless, since Gilda Austin is 71 years old, the judge decided she would face her trial under house arrest.

During the hearing, prosecutors argued that the USD $185,000 Gilda Austin received in November 2012 did not correspond to her salary as a private tutor. Authorities are also investigating other deposits made between 2010 and 2015.

Today, a federal judge refused to grant an amparo against an arrest warrant to Gilda Susana Lozoya Austin, Emilio Lozoya's sister, after the Attorney General's Office is looking to charge her with money laundering and criminal association.

 

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Left to right: Gilda Austin, Emilio Lozoya Thalmann, and Gilda Lozoya Austin

 

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