January 6, 1995 |
Mexico's attorney general said Thursday night that there is not enough evidence to charge three top ruling party officials with any crimes in connection with the September slaying of the party's second-ranking official, Francisco Ruiz Massieu. In November, former deputy chief prosecutor Mario Ruiz Massieu, the victim's brother, had implicated the three--Humberto Benitez Trevino, Maria de los Angeles Moreno and Ignacio Pichardo--in a plot to cover up the assassination.
December 22, 1996 |
A federal judge in Mexico City has upheld a 50-year prison sentence for the man convicted of murdering Mexico's governing party leader. Francisco Ruiz Massieu, secretary-general of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, was gunned down on a Mexico City street in 1994. In 1995 the gunman, Daniel Aguilar Trevino, and several accomplices were convicted. On Thursday, a judge upheld the 50-year sentence for Trevino, but reduced the sentences of three accomplices and absolved four others.
March 3, 1995 |
President Ernesto Zedillo and his government moved to close ranks and consolidate short-term political gains Thursday, as investigators continued to widen a political assassination probe that instantly changed the face of Mexican politics with the arrest this week of a former president's brother. "What is left (is) clear--nobody can be outside of the law," Zedillo, appearing at rallies in the state of Tlaxcala, declared.
October 13, 1994 |
Federal deputies and at least one senator plotted the Sept. 28 assassination of the second-ranking official in Mexico's ruling party and planned to kill a former party chairman and other politicians, an accused conspirator told police, according to a statement released Wednesday.
March 4, 1995 |
Mario Ruiz Massieu, who faced accusations this week of a cover-up in the investigation he headed into the murder of his brother, a top Mexican politician, was arrested in the United States on Friday for violating U.S. Customs laws, officials said. A Mexican government official, who asked not to be identified, said Ruiz Massieu was seized by U.S. Customs Service agents at a New York-area airport for carrying undeclared quantities of cash that exceeded the $10,000 limit allowable under U.S. law.
March 16, 1995 |
U.S. authorities have seized more than $9 million in Texas bank accounts bearing the name of Mario Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's former deputy attorney general--a move that Mexican and U.S. officials said was a strong, new sign that links exist between the onetime crusading prosecutor and international drug cartels. The seizure by U.S. Customs agents of two accounts at Texas Commerce Bank in Houston provided the first confirmation that U.S.