Mexican businessman Alonso Ancira, accused of being linked to a bribery scandal linked to Brazil’s Odebrecht, was extradited from Spain and was flying to his country to face justice, said the Wednesday the Secretary of the Interior of the Latin American country.
Ancira, president of the board of directors of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA), was arrested in Spain in 2019 in the framework of an investigation for allegedly having paid bribes to officials of the state oil company Pemex to buy a plant from him at a surcharge. of fertilizers in the north of the country.
Part of the money obtained was transferred by Ancira to Odebrecht accounts. The investigation against him involves the then Pemex boss, Emilio Lozoya, who was also extradited from Spain last year and is collaborating with the Mexican justice system.
“He is flying on a plane from the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) of Spain for Mexico,” said the Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez, at a press conference. “He will have to face criminal proceedings.”
In mid-January, AHMSA, the largest steel company in the country, agreed with the FGR to pay some 200 million dollars over a period of four years to the Mexican treasury as financial compensation for the corruption case.
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