Mario Ruiz Massieu is the brother of assassinated Jose Francisco (Pepe) Ruiz Massieu,
and a former Deputy Attorney General for Mexico (1993-1994). He led the
investigation into his brother Pepe's murder, but gave it up after several
months stating the investigation was being blocked by high-ranking PRI
officials. He later was accused of trying to protect Raul Salinas.
On September 15, 1999, the former Mexican justice official apparently killed himself
at his home in New Jersey rather than face money-laundering charges in the U.S.
Ruiz Massieu had been under house arrest in the U.S. for several years as he fought U.S.
attempts to extradite him to Mexico to face charges including money laundering and
graft. A Houston jury had found that $8 million in his Texas bank accounts was paid him by drug
cartels (in particular the Gulf Cartel) in exchange for
protection. In his suicide note, Ruiz Massieu blamed Presdient Zedillo for his own death
and that of his murdered brother.
- Proceso's report (2/16/97) on the U.S.Justice Department's witness
testimony in its lawsuit against Mario Ruiz Massieu. The witnesses
implicate ex-president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, his siblings Adriana and
Raul, his father Raul Salinas Lozano, and his ex-brother-in-law Jose Francisco
Ruiz Massieu in drug trafficking operations. Includes documents/notes on
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