Former Pemex Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya, who is wanted in an essential Mexican anti-graft investigation, said in a statement on Monday that he would not appear in front of a federal judge.
Late in May, Mexican authorities said they granted an arrest warrant for Lozoya tied to an investigation into an acquisition made by state oil company Pemex under the previous government.
The government’s move against Lozoya is one of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s boldest steps, since having office in December, to fulfil a campaign vow to stamp out corruption.
In a statement on Lozoya’s Twitter account, the famous businessman said that if he made a court appearance, the judge would order his detention.
“I have every right to guard my freedom, since all these actions are surely political persecution orchestrated against me,” he said