Mexico requests extradition of former oil company chief

Mexico's government has formally requested the extradition of the former head of the state-owned Pemex oil company from Spain. (MGN/file)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico's government has formally requested the extradition of the former head of the state-owned Pemex oil company from Spain.

Emilio Lozoya was arrested in February in southern Spain. A foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that the extradition request was made Tuesday.

Mexico had been pursuing Lozoya through Europe for months over allegations of approving an illegal contract while he was at Pemex.

Lozoya has always denied taking bribes.

A Spanish court ruled last month that Lozoya posed a flight risk and would remain jailed while his extradition case was heard.

Lozoya was the director of Pemex between 2012 and 2016, during the administration of former President Enrique Peña Nieto.