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The Financial Detectives Behind Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Push

July 08, 2019

MEXICO CITY – Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s election last July gave more than one down-and-out civil servant a new lease on public life. But few have enjoyed such an improvement in fortunes as Santiago Nieto.

Nieto, 46, looked like an up-and-comer when he became Mexico’s chief prosecutor for electoral crimes under former President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2015. That all changed after Nieto claimed in an October 2017 interview that Emilio Lozoya, a former Pemex director and Peña Nieto campaign aide, had pressured him to clear his name in a bribery case tied to the 2012 presidential race...

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