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Mexico Issues Warrant for Mother of Former Oil Company Head

The case is related to bribes funneled through relatives by the former Pemex leader.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors confirmed Wednesday they have issued a warrant for the arrest of the mother of Emilio Lozoya, the former head of the state-owned oil company Pemex. Lozoya has denied accusations that he used relatives to channel bribe money related to oil projects. There are also warrants for Lozoya's arrest.

The attorney general's office said it could not confirm reports the mother had been detained in Germany, but said an Interpol detention request had been filed. The office identified the woman only as "Gilda A.," in keeping with rules that prevent prosecutors from providing last names. But that coincides with the reports about Gilda Austin, the official's mother.

The case is related to bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Lozoya also faces questions about the government purchase of a fertilizer plant which officials allegedly paid far too much.

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