Witness Says El Chapo Paid Millions In Bribes To Mexican President-Elect’s Underling


Source: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JANUARY eight: Joaquin Guzman Loera, also referred to as “El Chapo” is transported to Maximum Security Prison of El Altiplano in Mexico City, Mexico on January 08, 2016. Guzman Loera, chief of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug Cartel, was thought of the Mexican most-wanted drug lord. Mexican marines captured “El Chapo” on Friday in Sinaloa, North of Mexico. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) 

The legend of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman continued to develop yesterday (Nov. 20) throughout witness testimony at his trial in Brooklyn.

According to Raw Story, witness Jesus Zambada advised the courtroom that El Chapo’s affect had reached the best of political circles as he paid a multimillion-dollar bribe to an underling of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2005. Not solely that however the Mexican kingpin additionally dished out thousands and thousands of in bribes to former a Mexican authorities official named Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. El Mayo is presently on the run from the legislation.

When reached for remark a spokesman for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador didn’t reply to the allegation whereas Garcia Luna issued a written assertion referring to the testimony as “perjury” and labeled it “defamation.”

Garcia Luna mentioned he had acquired commendations from high-level U.S. officers for his labors in combating organized crime in Mexico and that he had been “systematically defamed” because of the actions he took in opposition to prison networks.

“There has by no means been a single proof or proof of all these infamies,” he mentioned.

Zambada gave his testimony concerning the bribes on the fifth day of trial below cross-examination by considered one of Guzman’s legal professionals, William Purpura. Guzman’s legal professionals have mentioned they may attempt to show that Guzman is being scapegoated and that Ismael Zambada was the actual head of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Zambada for his half admits that he’s no angel having himself moved weight with El Chapo and paid off his justifiable share of presidency officers.

During Purpura’s cross-examination, Zambada mentioned he paid “a couple of million” to a Mexico City authorities official whereas Lopez Obrador was head of presidency there. He mentioned the bribe was paid as a result of it was believed on the time that the official might turn out to be Mexico’s subsequent secretary of public safety.

The title of the official was not instantly clear from the courtroom testimony. But Gabriel Regino, a former subsecretary of public safety in Mexico City who’s now a prison legislation professor on the National Autonomous University of Mexico, wrote on Twitter that an accusation of bribery had emerged in opposition to him within the trial however was false.

Zambada additionally mentioned below cross-examination that he handed a suitcase containing $three million to Garcia Luna in 2005 or 2006, when Garcia Luna was director of Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency.

It actually looks like everybody has their value within the political recreation. Imagine what El Chapo might’ve gotten away with had he been dealing throughout this Trump presidency.