February 27, 1997 |
It was a crisp January afternoon in 1992 when Carlos Enrique Cervantes de Gortari, the cousin of Mexico's then-president, dined for three hours at an airport hotel restaurant here discussing shrimp farming, comparing wines and conspiring to smuggle millions of dollars of Colombian cocaine through Mexico into the United States. An old friend, a Mexican journalist, drew a map and then regaled an undercover U.S.
February 18, 1997 |
Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari threatened Monday to sue or seek criminal charges against anyone who accuses him or his family of being linked to drug lords. Such accusations, described by Salinas' lawyer, Mariano Albor, as "an ambush," appeared in the Mexican press over the weekend. The reports were sketchy and did not identify the source of most of the claims. Members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, rallied to the former president's defense.
February 17, 1997 |
U.S. investigators tracing more than $9 million they seized from the Texas bank accounts of a former Mexican deputy attorney general in 1995 have linked him and the family of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to a Mexican drug trafficker, a Mexico City magazine reported Sunday. The muckraking news weekly Proceso said it based its report on official U.S. government documents detailing witnesses' testimony in a U.S. civil case pending in Houston against former Deputy Atty. Gen.
February 13, 1997 |
A federal appeals judge has cleared Raul Salinas, the jailed brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, of tax fraud charges. Judge Raul Melgoza Figueroa ordered the charges dropped after finding that there was too little evidence to convict Salinas. He remains in a maximum-security prison in Mexico City on a host of other charges, including murder. Salinas was arrested in 1995 on charges that he plotted the 1994 assassination of top ruling party official Jose Francisco Ruiz
February 1, 1997 |
For three days, former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari suddenly has been the talk of the town again here, as the Reforma newspaper has been splashing on its front page installments of the first interview he has given since he slipped out of this country almost two years ago.
January 29, 1997 |
Mexican lawmen questioned former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari in Ireland in connection with the killing of his ex-brother-in-law, the attorney general's office said. A terse news release said Salinas was interrogated Monday for 16 hours about the 1994 shooting of Francisco Ruiz Massieu, but it gave no details of the deposition. Salinas had also been questioned by Mexican investigators in November concerning the 1994 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.
November 28, 1996 |
For the first time since he left Mexico in disgrace 20 months ago, former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari was interrogated Wednesday by Mexican federal investigators probing the 1994 assassination of his handpicked successor. Mexico's attorney general and foreign secretary confirmed that prosecutors questioned Salinas for 12 hours at the Mexican Embassy in Dublin, the Irish capital, where the former president has been living in self-exile for several months.
April 19, 1996 |
Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, in self-imposed exile for more than a year, surfaced Wednesday in New York City and confirmed that he is living in Ireland, a newspaper here reported Thursday. At an annual meeting of Dow Jones stockholders, a reporter from the daily Reforma intercepted Salinas and asked him to clarify where he lives. "I live in Ireland with my family," Salinas was quoted as saying. Salinas is a member of the Dow Jones board of directors.
December 16, 1995 |
Swiss police freed the second of two prominent Mexican suspects from jail in a case of alleged drug-money laundering linked to former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Prosecutors said there were no longer grounds to hold Paulina Castanon, Salinas' sister-in-law, saying she had helped investigators and that it now appears she had only a subordinate role in the overall case. Castanon and her brother Antonio Castanon were arrested Nov. 15 in Geneva. Her brother was released Tuesday.
December 15, 1995 |
It was a rare moment of candor and open debate for the political party that has ruled Mexico with an authoritarian hand for nearly seven decades. The subject: expelling a former president--and his brother--from the party's ranks for the first time in more than half a century. "Indignation and embarrassment are the moral attitudes that unite us now in this ominous time of corruption and criminality!"