April 25, 1998 |
U.S. investigators have traced $132 million in Swiss banks to the brother of a former Mexican president and say at least some of the money came from drug traffickers, according to court documents released Friday. Switzerland's highest court disclosed for the first time details of the largely secret U.S. case against Raul Salinas de Gortari, the brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
March 28, 1998 |
The jailed brother of disgraced former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari was one step closer to freedom after prosecutors revealed their failure to back up charges of illegal enrichment, his lawyer said Friday. Raul Salinas de Gortari, the older brother and confidant of Carlos Salinas, was arrested in 1995 on charges of masterminding a political murder, causing a major scandal that eventually forced the former president into self-imposed exile.
August 16, 1997 |
The imprisoned brother of Mexico's former president claims he was framed for the murder of a political rival in a complex plot to discredit his brother, Mexican newspapers reported Friday. In his first comments to the media since he was arrested 2 1/2 years ago, Raul Salinas de Gortari said the plot included the killing of at least two top officials in the ruling party and the kidnapping of prominent businessmen.
May 17, 1997 |
A former special prosecutor wanted for questioning about accusations that he planted evidence implicating a former president's brother in a murder was detained in Madrid. The Mexican attorney general's office confirmed that Pablo Chapa Bezanilla was being held in the Spanish capital.
May 13, 1997 |
Atty. Gen. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar said Monday that he has launched an investigation into allegations of money laundering by the government's food distribution agency, Conasupo. He said the government began its own investigation after the Washington Post reported Sunday that the U.S. Justice Department is looking into allegations that the older brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari used Conasupo to launder drug profits through U.S. banks.
May 11, 1997 |
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that some of Mexico's top business and political power brokers used a Mexican government agency for criminal enterprises that included laundering drug profits and other illicit money through the agency's U.S. bank accounts and contracts, sources familiar with the probe said.
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
January 11, 1997 |
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that three months of intensive DNA tests have proved that the skeleton found buried on the property of a former president's brother is not that of a missing lawmaker. The findings appeared to be yet another setback to the federal case against Raul Salinas de Gortari, the elder brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.