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Mexico’s anti-money laundering agency accuses ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto of handling millions in possibly illegal funds

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2022. 9:22 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Thursday, Mexico’s anti-money laundering agency accused former President, Enrique Peña Nieto of handling millions of dollars in possibly illegal funds, the Associated Press reports.

The accusations mark the first formal legal allegations against Peña Nieto, despite many claims of corruption during his 2012-2018 administration.

Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had made ‘getting rid of corruption’, a focus of his presidency but had not made significant moves against any of his predecessors.

At this time, Mexican officials say that federal prosecutors have received the complaint alleging the use of illicit funds and are investigating.

In addition, officials claim that a company run by Peña Nieto’s family had “a symbiotic relationship” with a firm that received about $500 million in government contracts while he was president.

The former president reportedly received money transfers from a relative linked to the 2 companies, for about $1.3 million after leaving office.

Meanwhile, the former president wrote on his Twitter account that his money was legally obtained.

“I am certain that the appropriate authorities will allow me to clear up any questions about my holdings, and to prove their legality through legal channels. I have confidence in legal institutions,” Peña Nieto stated.

In August of last year, the Lopez Obrador Administration held a national referendum asking voters whether to prosecute former leaders accused of wrongdoing.

That referendum failed to reach the 40% participation required to make it binding.

 

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