June 6, 1996 |
The Justice Department said Wednesday that it is conducting a criminal investigation to determine whether U.S. laws were violated when an American bank helped transfer millions of dollars to accounts in Switzerland for Raul Salinas de Gortari, the oldest brother of Mexico's former president.
February 3, 1996 |
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party has expelled Raul Salinas de Gortari, jailed brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, a PRI spokeswoman said Friday. The long-ruling party has not yet decided whether to do the same to the former president, officials said. Raul Salinas has been in a high-security prison in Mexico since last February after being arrested on charges he ordered the assassination of a top PRI politician in 1994.
December 22, 1995 |
The ethics commission of Mexico's long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party recommended Thursday that the party expel former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari's elder brother from its ranks. In announcing the immediate suspension of Raul Salinas de Gortari's party rights and privileges, the party's Honor and Justice Commission stopped short of recommending disciplinary action against the former president himself. Instead, it stressed that the case against Carlos Salinas is still open.
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!"
December 9, 1995 |
Prosecutors investigating former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari's brother have found $123 million in secret accounts in the United States and Europe, the attorney general's office confirmed. The information was the first indication that some of Raul Salinas de Gortari's money, which Swiss officials say may be tied to drug-trafficking, had been deposited in U.S. banks.
December 7, 1995 |
After several days of closed-door meetings and interrogations, Swiss and Mexican authorities confirmed here Wednesday that the elder brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari amassed at least $100 million in suspected drug money and is the target of an international money-laundering investigation.
December 5, 1995 |
Nine months after he quietly slipped out of the nation he had ruled with near-absolute power for six years, former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari sprang back to life just before midnight Sunday on fax machines throughout the Mexican capital. The geographical source of the former president's disembodied voice was unclear. Salinas disappeared from public view after he landed in New York following his elder brother's arrest Feb. 28 in Mexico on murder charges.
November 30, 1995 |
On a government salary that peaked at $70,000 a year, Raul Salinas de Gortari moved millions of dollars through more than 40 bank accounts in Mexico City, federal auditors here say. They also say he purchased six houses, 13 condominiums and 20 parcels of land throughout the country and opened a series of bank accounts under false names in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe during his decade in public office. Mexican, U.S.
November 27, 1995 |
Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari broke six months of silence Sunday to say that his elder brother "will have to explain clearly the amount and origin" of tens of millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts that prosecutors in Mexico and Switzerland have linked to him.