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El Chapo gave former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto a $100million bribe in 2012, according to the drug kingpin's right hand man.
Alex Cifuentes is one of several witnesses testifying against his former boss at a highly anticipated Brooklyn trial.
Tuesday - Cross-examination - El - Chapo - Lawyers
On Tuesday, he claimed under cross-examination from El Chapo's lawyers that he had the bribe delivered to Nieto by an unnamed woman in Mexico City.
'Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?' Jeffrey Lichtman, one of the drug dealer's lawyers, asked.
Cifuentes - 'yes - 'It - That
Cifuentes replied 'yes' but later tried to backtrack, saying: 'It wasn't like that.'
At the time, Guzman was on the run after his first prison escape in 2001.
Years - Empire - Sinaloa - Mountains
It was during the years between 2001 and 2014, when he was captured again, that he was able to grow his empire from the Sinaloa mountains.
Cifuentes did not tell the court on Tuesday specifically whether the bribe was for.
El - Chapo - Nieto - Office
El Chapo was arrested again in 2014, when Nieto was still in office.
It supports claims made by El Chapo's followers and even his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who have long claimed that Nieto is corrupt and disloyal to the people of Mexico.
Mexican - President - Bribes - Cartel - Groups
The former Mexican president has always vehemently denied accepting bribes from any cartel groups.
He proudly boasted about Guzman's recapture in 2016 then handed...
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