Raul Salinas de Gortari is the older brother of Mexico's former
president Carlos Salinas and served as his aide and as a government food
distribution officer. In early 1994 he was arrested on charges of
masterminding the murder of his ex-brother-in-law, Pepe Ruiz Massieu, and, in January
1999, he was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder. (Six months later
a Mexican appeals court reduced this sentence to 27 1/2 years.)
He also has been accused of money laundering and "inexplicable enrichment." The Swiss
government and court have determined that the bulk of Raul's over $100 million
in Swiss accounts is protection money paid by the drug cartels.
Switzerland is not only keeping the money but considering criminal prosecution.
In the U.S. the grand jury criminal investigation of Raul Salinas and Citibank
and its employees continues, but sources say indictments do not appear likely.
- Mug shot of Raul
- The widely-published (1997) photo of Raul and his mistress Maria
- Some of his luxury residences
- Raul's fake passport
- Photo of Raul and Carlos as children
- Raul Salinas's arrest - Andres Oppenheimer describes the small war
this arrest almost caused, in his book Bordering on Chaos-Guerrillas,
Stockbrokers, Politicians, and Mexico's Road to Prosperity.
- Raul's boyhood years with brother Carlos. A short excerpt from
- Swiss Banking Investigators' Interview with Raul Salinas
(transcript) in Almoloya Prison, December 6, 1995
- Money Laundering Alert Reports on the
Salinas-Citibank Affair -January 1996 through January 1997
A series of reports by this journal details how Citibank helped Raul
Salinas move tens of millions of dollars out of Mexico into foreign accounts.
These reports also list the laws that might have been violated and offers a
view into the world of multimillion dollar private banking clients.
- "Raul Used Aliases 'to avoid scandal'" Reforma, June 3, 1996
Reports on Swiss authorities' 12/95 interrogation of Raul Salinas. Salinas
describes how money held under fictitious names in Swiss banks was lawfully
- "He Put His Trust in Switzerland and Citibank" Reforma summarizes
the Swiss prison interrogation of Raul Salinas. Article highlights Salinas's
explanation of how over $100 million was deposited in his Swiss accounts, why
fictitious names were used, and lists the accounts and aliases.
- "Prosecutors Claim Brother of Ex-President had Ties with Garcia Abrego"
Reforma May 22, 1996
Cites documents revealing Raul Salinas de Gortari had ties with Mexican drug
lords - specifically heads of the Gulf Cartel - as early as 1987.
- Link to
"Political Corruption and Drug Trafficking in Mexico,"
Andrew Reding's August 8th, 1995 testimony before the U.S. Senate
exploring Raul Salinas's involvement with various drug cartels, especially the
Arellano Felix Organization.
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