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raul salinas

raul salinasRaul 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.



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