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Ohla Group says it will cooperate with Mexican authorities in Pena Nieto probe

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MEXICO CITY — Spanish construction company Ohla Group said on Wednesday it will cooperate with Mexican authorities to clarify any issues related to investigations into former president Enrique Pena Nieto.

On Tuesday, Mexico’s attorney general’s office (FGR) said it was investigating an “Enrique ‘P’” for money laundering, illegal international transfers and illicit enrichment. Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters the person referred to in the statement was Pena Nieto .

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In the statement, the FGR said it was investigating possible crimes related to the former president’s involvement with Spanish construction company OHL.

Ohla Group said in its statement on Wednesday that the probe related to OHL Mexico, which is no longer a part of Ohla Group.

Ohla Group said it announced the sale of OHL Mexico in 2017 to Aleatica.

Pena Nieto was Mexican president from 2012 to 2016.

Last month, Mexico’s anti-money laundering unit asked the attorney general’s office to investigate several transfers abroad directed to Pena Nieto, the predecessor of current president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

At the time, Pena Nieto said in a message on Twitter that he hoped he would be allowed to “clarify any questions” and “demonstrate their legality.” He has not issued a more recent comment. (Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Isabel Woodford and Valentine Hilaire; Editing by Stephen Eisenhammer and David Gregorio)