Salinas de Gortari scandal started? In recent weeks, Mexicans were glued to their televisions to watch a tale of drugs, It was a “telenovela”, one of Latin America’s countless soap operas. But,
unlike most, this one, on the upstart Azteca channel, had heard of politics: to be exact, of the
intrigue around ex-president Carlos Salinas de Gortari and his brother Raul Salinas de Gortari. It
even started with the murder of an attorney-general, have displaced the “telenovela”. President
Ernesto Zedillo dumped his attorney-general, Antonio Lozano, a lawyer from the right-wing
opposition PAN, The National Action Party.1
Lozano gets some evidence on Raul
Mr. Lozano’s bid to solve the later murder of Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, a top PRI
official, had done not that good. He surprised many by ordering the arrest in early 1995 of Raul
Salinas de Gortari, as the alleged mastermind, but failed to convict him. It looked as if he might
get the evidence he needed, when his men found a decaying corpse at a ranch owned by Raul. Mr.
Lozano tipped off reporters.2 His men suggested these were the remains of a missing
congressman, Raul’s supposed accomplice.
The finding of mysterious money on Raul
Could it be that, even in failure, Mr. Lozano had gone too far? Swiss investigators, and
others elsewhere later, turned up millions of dollars in secret accounts controlled by Raul Salinas
de Gortari.3 Just where had the money come from? Drugs? Influence-pedding? And if so, the
natural question was, influence with whom? The natural answer was not made natural by brother
Carlos Salinas de Gortari’s flight from the country after Raul’s arrest. The ex-president, by then
in Ireland, had to testify in the Colosio case; he may have to do it again about the other murder.
Mr. Zedillo often said Mr. Lozano had a free hand. None of this has reflected glory on the PRI.
Swiss prosecutors visited Almoya Prison in December 1995.4 T...
Atta, Van D., Mexican citizens unhappy and suffering. Readers Digest, volume 149,
pages 61-62. September 1996.
Atta tells in his article about the loss of more than 10,000 people.
Atta also says that more than 13% of the normal people were laid of because
of the economical crisis caused by Raul Salinas de Gortari. He finally tells
how the people are trying to overcome the crisis. Although this article is short,
it is a very informative article on the affects of the Mexican crisis on the
Duffy, B., Citibank’s Mexican money troubles: R. Salinas de Gortari case. United
States News and World Report, volume 12, page 53-54. July 1, 1995.
Duffy puts together some facts of when Swiss prosecutors visited
Almoya Prison in December 1995. This article also has good information of
Citbank’s role in the operation. It tells some interesting facts of Raul Salinas
de Gortari’s declaration on behave of the ownership of accounts
containing $100 million.
Lake, G. B., Great devaluation of the Mexican Peso. National Revelation, volume 39
pages 40-41. July 3, 1995.
Lake puts together an article containing the information of the
devaluation of the Mexican Peso. It also talks about the international
investors that had investments in Mexico and the international investors do
not like surprises and certainly the devaluation came as a surprise to them.
This article has great information on the devaluation of the Mexican money.
Robinson,L.S., Mexico’s great Salinas soap. Economist, volume 341, page 39.
December 7, 1996.
Robinson puts together this magazine article which explains mainly
how the Raul Salinas de Gortari case got started. Robinson explains how Mr.
Lozano got involved in this case. Robinson also tells how Mr. Lozano got
some evidence to prosecute Raul Salinas de Gortari. This is an interesting
article that compares this case to a “Mexican telenovela” (soap opera).
Smith, G., He put his trust in Switzerland and Citibank. Frontline, volume 114,
pages 15-20. October 25, 1996.
This article contains mainly most of the interrogation answers asked to
Raul Salinas de Gortari by the Swiss prosecutors. Smith gets some real good
information of how Raul Salinas de Gortari explained his millions of dollars in
fictious names on phony bank accounts. It also contains information of
Raul’s suspicions concerning Amy Elliot. This article contains the most
important facts of the Raul Salinas de Gortari case.