Alex Cifuentes just testified that Chapo paid Ernesto Pena Nieto a $100 million bribe.
"Yes," Mr. Cifuentes said.
On the stand today, Cifuentes said he wasn't exactly sure of the date the bribe was delivered.
Cifuentes said that EPN reached out to Chapo first, asking for $250 million. Chapo offered EPN $100 million.
"The message was that Mr. Guzman didn't have to stay in hiding?" Chapo's lawyer asked.
"Yes," Cifuentes said, "that very thing is what Joaquin said to me."
Jeff Lichtman read Cifuentes notes from his 2/2016 interview with the US in which he said the Beltran Leyva brothers, Chapo's enemies, paid Calderon to protect them vs Chapo.
Lichtman asked whether those suitcases were "destined President Pena Nieto."
The prosecutors objected on grounds of relevance.
"Agreed," Judge Cogan said.
Cifuentes said the Mexican federal police not only permitted drug trafficking, but took part in it. Once, he said, suitcases filled w/coke were sent by plane from Argentina to Mexico. Narcos sent the police photos of the suitcases.
Yes, Cifuentes said.