U.S. drug agency investigating Mexican businessman linked to Gaddafi smuggling case

National Post | News

TORONTO — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating a Mexican businessman who supplied the plane that flew Canadian mediator Cynthia Vanier and a group of former Special Forces soldiers on a controversial Libyan mission last year.

The DEA has subpoenaed witnesses to testify next week as part of a probe of Christian Esquino, who rented Ms. Vanier the jet that transported her and her entourage to North Africa last July during the NATO-backed revolt that ousted dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

The U.S. investigation is not directly related to Ms. Vanier’s expedition, which was financed by Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin but which Mexican authorities allege was part of a plot to smuggle Col. Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Mexico using falsified passports. Ms. Vanier and three alleged co-conspirators are currently imprisoned and awaiting trial in Mexico on charges related to the alleged smuggling scheme.

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But the renewed interest in Mr. Esquino may…

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