A convicted drug trafficker and former captain of the Dominican Republic’s army says he donated millions of dollars to former president Leonel Fernández.
A man who identified himself as Quirino Ernesto Paulino told TV station Teleradio América on Thursday that he donated some $4.6 million from 2002 to 2004. Fernández was elected president for a second time in 2004 after serving from 1996 to 2002.
Paulino was arrested in December 2004 following the seizure of nearly 1,400 kilograms (3,100 pounds) of cocaine, the largest ever at that time. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2005 and served a 10-year sentence.
Fernández said in a brief statement that Paulino’s comments were part of a campaign to discredit him.