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Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has requested a massive sum of 1.7 million pesos to release documents relating to the infamous Odebrecht corruption case to the media, a file that has been kept by the FGR since 2017.

The National Transparency Institute (INAI) ordered the file’s release as per Mexico’s transparency law in a digital format; the FGR has responded in turn by asking for 22 pesos per printed page of the file, which contains over 81,000 pages.

“This is a delaying tactic, both due to the amount of information and the amount that would have to be paid, proving that the FGR does not want to be open information about this case,” said the director of Transparencia Mexicana Eduardo Bohórquez.

The FGR declined to comment on why it would not provide a digital copy, or likewise why it was requesting such a high figure for the physical copy. Meanwhile, the INAI claims the files must be turned over to the public as it surrounds the matter of government corruption and general interest.

“Mexico is the only country in Latin America in which practically little or nothing has happened about the Odebrecht case. It is vital that the situation be known with which an agreement could be justified under the principle of opportunity with former Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) Director Emilio Lozoya,” said INAI Commissioner Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas.

Now, it is up to the INAI to decide whether the FGR should produce a digital version of the file, bear the cost of the copies or exempt the payment.

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