June 8, 2011 |
Former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon returned to Baja California on Wednesday as a federal prisoner facing weapons charges. Hank, a controversial casino magnate seen by many critics as an emblem of impunity in Mexico, and 10 other suspects were moved from the capital to a prison in the border city of Tecate after federal prosecutors charged them with possession of prohibited weapons. The men were arrested during a military raid early Saturday at Hank's vast compound in Tijuana, where authorities say soldiers found 88 weapons and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition.
June 5, 2011 |
Mexican military forces on Saturday arrested the former mayor of Tijuana, Jorge Hank Rhon, after an early-morning raid at his compound resulted in the seizure of 88 weapons and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition, military officials said. Hank, 55, a flamboyant casino mogul and one of Mexico's wealthiest men, was taken to the federal attorney general's office in Tijuana and then by armed convoy to an air force base, as supporters lined the streets to protest his transfer to Mexico City.
August 5, 2007 |
The gambling tycoon had just breezed through another campaign stump speech when the poor farmers and mothers of a sweltering desert pueblo surged toward him trying to press pieces of crumpled paper into his hand. They are letters begging for help from Jorge Hank Rhon, the Tijuana multimillionaire running for governor of Baja California state. One woman requests a wheelchair for her disabled father. Another needs treatment for a tumor. "Give me justice, Mr.
June 21, 2007 |
A Baja California electoral tribunal dealt a severe blow to the gubernatorial bid of Tijuana gambling tycoon Jorge Hank Rhon on Wednesday, annulling his candidacy seven weeks before the Mexican state's August election. Hank, the former mayor of Tijuana, was declared ineligible because a state law prohibits elected officials from running for office before completing their terms.
August 3, 2004 |
A gambling tycoon with a populist streak and a shadowy past appeared Monday to have won the narrowest of victories in Tijuana's mayoral election, giving the Institutional Revolutionary Party a major upset in a border city it has not governed for 15 years.
July 6, 2004 |
Jorge Hank Rhon, scion of one of Mexico's largest fortunes, is throwing a fiesta for the shack dwellers of Colonia Del Rio, a cliff-side shantytown that spills into a canyon just beyond where he stands in his alligator-skin boots. While Hank shares tacos with dozens of residents, no one mentions that authorities have named him as one of the possible suspects they are investigating in last month's killing of a crusading political journalist.