MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it has opened multiple lines of inquiry against former President Enrique Peña Nieto, several weeks after the country’s anti-money laundering agency accused the former leader of managing millions dollars in potentially illicit funds. .
Peña Nieto is under investigation for election-related crimes linked to companies, money laundering and illicit enrichment, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.
The press statement referred to him only as “Enrique ‘P'” in keeping with Mexican policy not to identify those accused of crimes. However, a prosecutor’s office official confirmed that it involved Peña Nieto.
Peña Nieto ruled Mexico from 2012 to 2018 and has been living in Spain ever since. When the criminal complaint by the Financial Intelligence Unit was announced last month, Peña Nieto wrote on his Twitter account that his money was obtained legally.
No charges have been filed.
Last month, the head of the unit said a company run by Peña Nieto’s family had “a symbiotic relationship” with a company that received about $500 million in government contracts while he was president.