Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012, his former secretary alleged in explosive testimony Tuesday.
“You gave a story that Mr. Guzman paid a bribe to Mr. Peña Nieto of $100 million,” Chapo’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asked Alex Cifuentes during cross-examination in Brooklyn federal court.
“That’s right,” Cifuentes said.
The bribe allegedly took place in October 2012 — after he was elected but before he took office in December that year.
Lichtman said Cifuentes had at one point told the government that Chapo paid Peña Nieto $250 million, but Cifuentes said no — that’s just what the former president had asked for.
“I told them [Chapo] had been requested an amount of money, but he had offered a different amount and that he paid that money,” said Cifuentes.
Peña Nieto has previously denied taking bribes from Chapo.