Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

El Chapo aide claims Mexico's ex-Prez accepted $100 million bribe

El Chapo aide claims Mexico's ex-Prez accepted $100 million bribe

Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a former associate testified on Tuesday that he previously told USA authorities.

Details of the alleged $100 million bribe to Nieto - who left office a year ago - came during the defense attorney's cross-examination of witness Alex Cifuentes, who used to work as El Chapo's secretary.

Pena Nieto has not responded to the latest claim, but has previously rejected allegations of corruption that had surfaced during the trial since it began in November.

Reuters could not immediately reach Pena Nieto or his former spokesman for comment. He said the money was delivered by a woman named Maria in Mexico City. Asked if he told authorities in 2016 that Guzman arranged the bribe, he answered, "That's right".

Previously, witnesses in Guzman's drug conspiracy trial accused him of bribing Mexican officials. He was arrested in 2013 and turned against his boss when he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in a deal with USA prosecutors.

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At the start of the trial, one of Guzman's lawyers, Jeffrey Lichtman indicated that jurors would hear testimony about bribes paid to both Mr Pena Nieto and Mr Calderon, and suggested Guzman was the victim of a conspiracy by government officials and his narco-rivals to destroy him.

Guzman is on trial in NY on charges that could put him in a USA prison for the rest of his life.

The bribe, according to the aide, went down in October 2012, when Nieto was the president-elect at the time. Lichtman said Zambada paid millions of dollars in bribes to two presidents, including Peña Nieto.

Under cross-examination by one of Guzman's lawyers, Colombian-born Alex Cifuentes, a self-described close associate of the accused drug lord and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, confirmed he told authorities in 2016 about the arrangement but admitted he didn't know when the alleged bribe occurred.

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