General León Trauwitz arrested in Canada for fuel theft

Eduardo León Trauwitz, retired general and former bodyguard of Enrique Peña Nieto, was arrested in Canada for extradition to Mexico to face charges by the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) for concealing and protecting a criminal network aimed at stealing fuel from the pipelines of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

“At the request of the Attorney General’s office, Mr. Eduardo León Trauwitz has just been arrested by the Canadian authorities, to begin his extradition procedure”, reported the institution in charge of Alejandro Gertz Manero.

León Trauwitz was accused by the FGR in 2019 of having served as a protector of the huachicoleo within Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

According to the prosecution, it was found that Eduardo León Trauwitz and a group of accomplices, also already prosecuted, concealed and protected huachicoleros who acted in the distribution networks of Pemex.

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Eduardo León Trauwitz’s extradition order was processed on November 12, 2019, which allowed Canadian authorities to fully comply with the request, which demonstrates the excellent bilateral relations with said country, the FGR said.

León Trauwitz left his position as Brigadier General of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) on December 31, 2018, since he was sent to work as a representative of the army at the Mexican Embassy in Panama.

The military command worked until September 13, 2018 as head of security at Pemex, where he had a monthly salary of 186,971 pesos. The general was appointed Deputy Chief of the Presidential General Staff in 2002.

General Sedena pretended to be Deputy Director of Strategic Safeguards at Pemex during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto.

“Yes, there is (an investigation of) the general, but nothing was known. Now he is known, because he is mentioned in matters related to the security of Pemex, “revealed the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador on January 8, 2019, a few days after the start of the actions against the fuel theft.

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The president recalled that León Trauwitz was in charge of looking after the more than 17,000 kilometers of pipelines for the transport of petroleum and petrochemical products belonging to the Mexican oil company.

Sedena asked Eduardo León to return from Panama to Mexico to face justice, but the general asked for amparos to avoid being detained and freezing his bank accounts.

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