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Ex-President's Brother Questioned in Drug Case

July 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Swiss investigator questioned the brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari for more than 10 hours in a prison outside Mexico City about $130 million that the Swiss believe came from drug trafficking activity.

Swiss Judge Paul Perraudin told Raul Salinas de Gortari that there was enough evidence to bring drug trafficking and money laundering charges against him in Switzerland, where the money was banked.

Switzerland froze Salinas' accounts in 1998 after a probe concluded that the funds included bribes from cocaine traffickers.

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