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Committees will probe Oceanografía and Metro

BY YVONNE REYES CAMPOS

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MEXICO CITY – Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) Deputy Silvano Aureoles Conejo, president of the Chamber of Deputies Political Coordination Board (Jucopo), announced on Wednesday that two special committees will be created to investigate the corruption cases involving state-run oil company Pemex’s contracts with the service provider Oceanografía and the construction of Line 12 of Mexico City’s subway system.

Oceanografía, which received about 97 percent of its revenue from contracts with Pemex it was granted under the National Action Party (PAN) administrations of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, has been accused of contracting fraudulent loans by the Federal Auditing Agency (ASF), while Line 12 of the Mexico City Metro was partially closed down for safety reasons just over a year after it was inaugurated, despite a 6.5-billion-peso ($500-million) cost overrun.

Aureoles Conejo said that, while it still has yet to be decided who will serve on the committees, the PRD will head up the Oceanografía committee and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will head up the Line 12 committee. He added that each committee will present its conclusions to President Enrique Peña Nieto, who will then decide how to proceed.

He said that the Oceanografía committee will be in charge of investigating Pemex’s contracts with Oceanografía and other service providers, but will primarily focus on those cases of corruption indicated by the ASF, while the Line 12 committee will focus on how federal funds were used in the transportation infrastructure project.

Both committees will have the power to subpoena public servants and representatives from private companies.

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