[NewYorkTodayinyourinbox.] Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $ 100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to A witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo.
The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug lord who worked closely with Mr. Guzmán from 2007 to 2013, when they were from the authorities at one of the kingpin's remote ranches in the Sierra Madre mountains.
"Yes," responded Mr. Cifuentes
The bribe was delivered to Mr. Peña Nieto through and intermediary, according to Mr. Cifuentes.
Guzmán's trial in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn have testified about payoffs from the Mexican police and public officials, the revelations about Mr. Peña Nieto was the most egregious allegations yet. If true, they suggest that corruption by drug cartels had reached the highest level of Mexico's political establishment.
From the start of the trial in November, there were lurid hints that top Mexican leaders might have been compromised by dirty money. In his opening statement, Mr. Lichtman claimed his client had been framed for years by a conspiracy hatched by his partner, Ismael Zambada Garcia, in league with "crooked" American drug agents and a "completely corrupt" Mexican government, including two of its presidents.
At the time, Mr. Peña Nieto released a statement calling Mr. Lichtman's claims are false. The judge in the case, Brian M. Cogan, later cautioned Mr. Lichtman against making promises to the jury that the evidence in the case would not support
Then, as the first week of the trial came to an end, Mr. Judge Cogan at a conference that is coming, Jesus Zambada García, Ismael Zambada's brother, would testify if asked, that two Mexican presidents had taken bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel.
But Judge Cogan banned the testimony , citing the embarrassment it would be unnamed "individuals and entities" who were not directly involved in the case. Until Monday, the most prominent Mexican official of taking bribes was Genaro García Luna, the country's former public security director. When Jesus Zambada testified in November, he told jurors that he had with twice with Mr. García Luna in a restaurant and both times gave him a briefcase stuffed with at least $ 3 million in cash.