A government investigation has cleared Mexican President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto, his wife and the country‚Äôs finance minister of any wrongdoing in a scandal involving luxury homes they bought from government contractors.

A special prosecutor appointed by the president said on Friday that no evidence had been found of a conflict of interest in property transactions with companies that went on to win government contracts during Pe√Īa Nieto‚Äôs time in office first as a state governor and later as president.

‚ÄúThere wasn‚Äôt any participation from Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto in the contracting procedures, which excludes the existence of a benefit, profit or advantage,‚ÄĚ Virgilio Andrade, the special prosecutor, told reporters.

Earlier this year, Pe√Īa Nieto, facing slumping popularity ratings over the scandal, ordered the investigation of himself, First Lady Angelica Rivera and Finance Minister Luis Videgaray over the allegations, which surfaced after a series of media investigations into real estate deals involving top officials in the Mexican government.

Concluding a six-month investigation, Andrade said Pe√Īa Nieto and Videgaray purchased the homes from government contractors Constructora Urbanizadora Ixtapan and Grupo Higa before they held positions in the federal government.


The special prosecutor has published the findings of his investigation on the website of the government’s top transparency agency.