DFormer drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán paid a one-million-euro bribe to former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a witness. "El Chapo" gave Peña Nieto $ 100 million (about € 87.6 million), witness Alex Cifuentes said Tuesday (local time) in a New York court according to the American media.
According to him, the president of the Latin American state received the money in October 2012, just before taking office. The Colombian Cifuentes received the payment of the bribe in 2017 the American authorities have communicated, he said in the reports.
Peña Nieto held the presidency from 2012 to December 2018. According to CNN, Cifuentes was not only himself a drug dealer, but a close personal advisor and secretary of Guzmán.
The trial against the world's most powerful drug lord has been under close scrutiny in the Brooklyn neighborhood in New York since November. The American magistrature accuses the Guzmán, for example, because of its height of just over 1.60 meters "El Chapo" (the short), drug trafficking, money laundering and driving a criminal organization – the sign of the Mexican drug Sinaloa. Peña Nieto is not the first president to be involved in complications with "El Chapo". His predecessor Felipe Calderón rejected accusations that he accepted a bribe.
It is said that Guzman has smuggled tons of cocaine and heroin into the United States, making billions. It should also be responsible for up to 3,000 murders. If convicted, Guzmán faces life imprisonment. The death penalty is prohibited under an agreement between Mexico and the United States.