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El Chapo paid the President $ 100 million

In the US against the Mexican drug boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, have corroborated the allegations of corruption against the Mexican Ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto. About $ 100 million had been paid to Peña Nieto, said the imprisoned Colombian drug-dealer Alex Cifuentes on Tuesday (local time) on the witness stand.

Cifuentes, who works since his arrest in November 2013, with the U.S. Department of justice, was, 2007, a close Confidant of guzmán's. On the question of guzmán's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, whether his client is "bribes of 100 million dollars to the former state had paid the boss, he replied: "So it is." The exact amount he could not remember on demand.

The Boss and his Secretary: "El Chapo" (right) and Alex Cifuentes. Picture: Reuters

Cifuentes was hiding on the side of guzmán's in the mountains of the state of Sinaloa in front of the authorities. Whether the "message" of the bribery was money that Guzman no longer had to hide from justice, asked, Lichtman. The said Guzmán, said Cifuentes.

He confirmed before the court of much of its statements in the Interrogations by US investigators in January 2016. Already in his Opening statement in mid-November, Lichtman stated that guzmán's Sinaloa cartel had bribed Peña Nieto and his predecessor Felipe Calderón.

Responsible for the volatile "real Boss" of the drug gang, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. This is controlled by the cartel, and many people bribed - including the "tip, the current President of Mexico, and the previous". Guzmán had in reality no Power in the Sinaloa cartel.

"Defamatory and absurd"

Both Ex-presidents had been rejected at the time of the allegations. Peña Nieto's former Bureau chief, Francisco Guzmán, described the allegations of bribery now again as "defamatory and absurd". He also recalled that "El Chapo" Peña Nieto "located, fixed and delivered".

The 61-year-old Guzmán has to answer in New York, among other things, for drug-smuggling, arms trafficking and money laundering. According to the indictment, the Mexican Sinaloa is said to have smuggled cartel under his leadership between 1989 and 2014, nearly 155 tons of cocaine and large quantities of other drugs in the United States. The US prosecutors have worn in many years of work 300'000 pages of documents and a minimum of 117'000 audio recordings. Mexico had delivered to Guzmán in January 2017, the United States, he faces life in prison.

around four months to set the process takes place under extreme security precautions. More than a dozen witnesses were taken into the witness protection program or in specially protected places of detention housed. (nlu/sda)

Created: 16.01.2019, 14:24 PM

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