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]>> Explosive allegations emerge from the El Chapo trial on Tuesday. The accused Mexican drug lord's one time right hand man says he paid $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. And that El Chapo claimed he was told by the president, the Kingpin didn't have to live in hiding anymore.
Alex C Fuentes says, he told US authorities in 2016 about the bribe. He testified that he told US prosecutors, it was Peña Nieto who first reached out to El Chapo asking for 215 million. C Fuentes says the bribe was paid in 2012 when Peña Nieto was president elect.
This allegation is among the most powerful to emerge from El Chapo's trial. It kicked off late last year and until now, it's only featured testimony of lower level corruption. But one of El Chapo's lawyers home then on inconsistencies in C Fuentes' memory. He admits that at the meeting with the prosecutors last year, he told them he was no longer sure of the bribe's exact amount.
El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, was extradited to the United States in 2017, facing charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and other drugs as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. C Fuentes is one of about a dozen witnesses who have so far testified against the accused drug lord. In a trial that's provided a window into the world's most powerful drug trafficking cartel.
Reuters could not immediately reach Peña Nieto or his former spokesman for comment. He has previously denied taking any bribes.>>