Alex Cifuentes, a self-proclaimed right-hand man to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is accused of being the leader to the Sinaloa Cartel, stated under oath that Former Mexican President Peña Nieto received a bribe of $100M from the cartel. Cifuentes went on to say the bribe was handed to the former president by a woman named Maria, a friend of El Chapo, in October 2012. He further testified that Nieto had reached out to the cartel and initially asked for $250M and the Peña Nieto stated Guzman no longer had to live in hiding. When further pressed by Guzman’s attorney, Lichtman, Cifuentes said he admitted to prosecutors last year he was unsure of the exact bribe amounts, but did not further clarify that statement.
Peña Nieto has not commented on this allegation after Reuters reached out to him for a response, but his former Chief of Staff Francisco Guzman Tweeted:
Son falsas, difamatorias y absurdas las declaraciones del narcotraficante colombiano en Nueva York. El gobierno de @EPN fue el que localizó, detuvo y extraditó a Joaquín Guzmán Loera. Desde el inicio de la administración, fue un objetivo prioritario del Gabinete de Seguridad.— Francisco Guzman O (@Fco__Guzman) January 16, 2019Translation: “They are false defamatory and absurd declarations from the Colombian trafficker in New York. The Government of Mexico is who found, detained, and extradited Joaquin Guzman Loera. Since the beginning of the administration, this was a prioritized objective of the Cabinet of Security.”
Guzman is accused of being the head of the Sinaloa Cartel and being involved in the trafficking of illegal narcotics. Since his arrest in 2012 and while he was in a Mexican prison, he had staged and exacted two escapes, making the government look incompetent.
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Article by: Anissa Maddy Walker