Why did he receive millions of pesos from the Cartel of Sinaloa

Friday 25 November, 2022
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The trial against the leader of the Cartel of Sinaloa, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman revealed a series of frameworks of corruption in which presidents and ex-presidents have been involved mexicans: Felipe Calderón, Enrique Peña Nieto and Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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A judicial file released by US federal prosecutors in 2019, during the trial of “El Chapo”, and obtained by Keegan Hamilton of Vice magazine, alludes to a bribery that allegedly paid the younger brother of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada leader of the cartel Sinaloa who is still free in México, to a Unidentified person who worked on López Obrador’s failed presidential campaign in 2006.

The accusation is based on testimonies given at the time by Colombian drug trafficker Alex Cifuentes, who worked for “El Chapo” between 2007 and 2013.

Cifuentes was questioned about an alleged meeting with the US authorities in which he stated that Felipe Calderon accepted bribes from a group at war with the Cartel de Sinaloa.

However, at trial, the Colombian replied that he did not remember having made that statement. Calderón denied the accusation and told Vice News in a 2018 interview that he “established a clear rule not to agree with anyone.”

Regarding Peña Nieto, Cifuentes declared that the now Former president tried to request a bribe of 250 million dollars to “El Chapo” in October 2012a few months after being elected.

The Colombian drug trafficker claimed “El Chapo” ended up paying $100 million and suggested that some of the money was delivered in suitcases full of cash to a political consultant who worked on Peña Nieto’s campaign.

Peña Nieto’s export spokesperson described the accusations as “false, defamatory and absurd”.

In the case of the López Obrador campaign, Cifuentes alleged that the bribe was allegedly delivered by Jesus Reynaldo Zambada Garcia “The King” a senior member of the Cartel of Sinaloa who testified against “El Chapo” in November.

When questioned on the subject, a spokesman for López Obrador said in 2019 He told Vice that he could not comment on statements by a protected witness in a trial that is not taking place in México.

During the trial, Guzmán Loera’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, stated: “The current and former president of México (López Obrador and Peña Nieto) received hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes” from “El Mayo”.

Prosecutors convinced Judge Brian Cogan to stop “El Chapo’s” lawyers from questioning “El Rey” about López Obrador, but the bribery allegation became public after Cifuentes’ explosive testimony.

In July 2019, “El Chapo”, extradited to the United States in 2017, was sentenced to life imprisonment plus an additional 30 years, as the leader of a cartel that shipped tons of drugs to the United States.

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Source: El El Universal from Publimetro México on 2022-11-24 10:45:42

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