Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office Tuesday announced an investigation into allegations of corruption against Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino.
Mourino faces accusations of using his political clout to benefit a family business while serving as a federal congressman and top energy official.
The announcement came after a prominent opposition politician produced a series of contracts dated from 2000 to 2004 between state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, and the Mourino family business, Transportes Especializados Ivancar SA.
“Various public officials have accused Juan Camilo Mourino Terrazo of allegedly benefiting private companies through his role as a public servant,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
Mourino “has requested that the charges be clarified because he feels they lack substance,” it said.
Earlier Tuesday, Mourino held a news conference at which he denied the accusations.