Skip to comments.Ex-Mexico president's brother found dead
Posted on 12/06/2004 5:59:59 PM PST by LouAvul
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Enrique Salinas, the youngest brother of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, was found dead in a car on the outskirts of Mexico City on Monday, with a plastic bag tied over his head in an apparent murder, officials said.
Authorities said there indications that Salinas had been killed as part of an attempt to extort him or get information out of him.
"Generally, if you put a bag over someone's head, you're often not trying to kill them, but rather extort them or get some information out of them," said Alfonso Navarrete Prida, the attorney general of the State of Mexico, which abuts Mexico City and where the body was found.
Enrique had long maintained a low profile, in contrast to the stormy lives of two of his brothers. Raul Salinas is serving a prison sentence of nearly 27 years for masterminding the murder of his former brother-in-law.
Carlos Salinas is widely hated in Mexico because of the economic collapse that immediately followed his 1988-1994 administration. Raul Salinas has been investigated for alleged corruption and money laundering during his brother's administration.
Enrique and a fourth brother, Sergio, stayed out of the spotlight, dedicating themselves to business activities - though their business were investigated by European and Mexican officials, with no charges ever brought against them.
"We was found in the seat of the car with a plastic bag over his head," Navarrete Prida said, adding, "this investigation will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law."
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They work on the theory that for most people the human spirit always believes in the hope of redemption.
For example, maybe they won't kill me if I give them what they want or maybe the good guys will arrive and rescue me.
Besides, it's very difficult to think without oxygen. :-0
I guess the Mexican people were not so impressed with Fox's "democracy" because all he's really tried to do is get rid of them. It must feel quite strange that every time your president visits a foreign country, he's whealing and dealing to get that country to take you and your paisanos.
Fox had one big chance to do something and that was right after he took office. He decided instead to try to prove his machismo by ordering the USA around --- forgot the big problems. He should have immediately done something about the situation in Ciudad Juarez --- but he let that big mess just slide. He should have immediately addressed the kidnapping for ransom issue in Mexico City and elsewhere -- but he let that one slide. Drug shipments to the USA are every bit as high as they were under PRI --- that's another issue he chose not to address. He wasted his term with matricula cards and whole enchiladas --- and Mexico is sliding down fast.
Plus they always leave the corpses right out in a visible place --- they make no attempt to hide them ---- it's to send a message to the next guy in line --- don't screw up because this is your fate.
quite frankly it scares me. there is nothing positive that i'm aware of going on in mexico.
probably the only thing that holds mexico together is that so many of their people leave and come to the united states. it's a safety valve.
from what i understand, the pri is taking back the governorships, and is expected to win the presidency back in 2006.