Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 6 Num. 67
("Quid coniuratio est?")
Conspiracy Nation Brings You
NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Raul Salinas de Gotari, brother of ex-President of Mexico Carlos
Salinas de Gotari, is now on trial for murder. He has been
charged with masterminding the killing of Jose Francisco Ruiz
Massieu, his brother-in-law. "Ruiz Massieu's own brother has also
been implicated in the case, accused of trying to hide Raul
Salinas," says the Associated Press. Mario Ruiz Massieu is said
to have about $7 million stashed away in Texas. He is now under
arrest and facing extradition from the U.S. back to Mexico.
On November 15th, Paulina Castanon, sister-in-law of "Harvard-
educated" Carlos Salinas, was arrested when she allegedly used
false documents to try to withdraw nearly $84 million from a
Swiss bank account. [Source: Associated Press, 24 November 1995]
Swiss authorities have reportedly blocked a dozen bank accounts,
with assets of over $90 million, in a probe "into a drugs and
money-laundering scheme alleged to be linked to the brother of
Mexican ex-President Carlos Salinas."
But Carlos Salinas, compadre of dashing Bill Clinton, the U.S.
president, says, "I know nothing."
Three agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are said to be
assisting in the inquiry.
Where is Carlos Salinas? The dimunitive Harvard graduate and key
NAFTA supporter seems to have vanished! [Source: Reuters, 30
Carlos Salinas, ex-President of Mexico, has been "accused of
treason and fraud in connection with the 1990 sell-off of state
phone company Telmex." He is said to be "in hiding" in Cuba. His
brother Raul Salinas, now in jail, admits he made "errors". But,
in the tradition of Janet Reno at Waco, he says he takes full
responsibility. [Source: Reuters, 30 November 1995]
More millions of dollars have been found stashed away for a rainy
day by Raul Salinas! Twenty million dollars has been found hiding
in an account, in London, belonging to the brother of ex-
President of Mexico Carlos Salinas.
"One [Mexican] government official, asking not to be identified,
said police were investigating the possibility of further
accounts in England, Germany and Luxemburg," notes a Reuters wire
service story. [Source: Reuters, 1 December 1995]
Carlos Salinas, champion of the recent NAFTA agreement, is said
to be laying low in Cuba at the moment. Maybe he and Fidel are
right now enjoying a fine Cuban cigar! But "Charlie" may have to
put out the cigar and head back to sunny Mexico. Reuters reports
that there is pressure for him to return to Mexico and "face the
What is the source of Raul Salinas' wealth? "The Swiss say it may
be related to drug trafficking," says an Associated Press story.
[Source: AP, 1 December 1995]
About the mounting scandal, Carlos "Charlie" Salinas, ex-
President of Mexico, says "I have no idea."
"But a former federal comptroller says she advised the president
in 1992 that his brother [Raul] was rumored to be involved in
shady deals." [Ibid.]
Probes have reportedly been launched by both Canada and Mexico
into the possible financial shenanigans of former Mexican
President Carlos Salinas de Gotari.
In addition, El Financiero newspaper now reports that "Mexican
police have found some $300 million in bank accounts belonging to
the ex-president's brother in Switzerland, Germany, England,
Luxembourg, and the Cayman Islands." [Source: Reuters, 2 December
Besides being charged with murder, Raul Salinas has now also been
charged with falsifying official documents to set up fake bank
accounts. [Source: Reuters, 3 December 1995]
A Reuters wire service story points to "mounting evidence of huge
government corruption over the last two decades." [Source:
Reuters, 4 December 1995]
Seoul, South Korea
Roh Tae-woo is the ex-president of South Korea.
Chun Doo Hwan is also an ex-president of South Korea. He was in
office before Roh Tae-woo.
Roh Tae-woo is now under arrest on bribery charges. He has
confessed to having accumulated $654 million. This bribe money
was amassed while Roh was in office.
These events are being overshadowed by an investigation into a
brutal 1979 anti-democracy coup d'etat, said to have been staged
by Roh and Chun.
"Deeply-rooted" collusion between politicians and businessmen is
alleged. [Source: Reuters, 30 November 1995]
Banharn Silpa-archa is the Prime Minister of Thailand. It is
reported that members of his political party received bribes in
exchange for awarding a $680 million contract to Kockums, a
Swedish weapons manufacturer.
A spokesman for the prime minister's political party warned that
it was going to sue any newspaper that printed these accusations.
[Source: AP, 1 December 1995]
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Investors have been robbed of $385 million in a reported "pyramid
scheme". The scheme is connected to widespread corruption in the
Beijing city government. "The case has been called the worst of
its kind in modern Chinese history," says an Associated Press
story. [Source: Associated Press, 1 December 1995]
Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is accused of
bribery. Persons in the Canadian government have charged he
received payments from Airbus Industrie in return for favorable
treatment in the $1.3 billion purchase by Air Canada of 34
aircraft. In a letter, a Canadian Justice Department lawyer
claims that "Mulroney was involved in a 'persisting
plot/conspiracy' to defraud the Canadian government when he was
Mulroney is said to be hopping mad and is suing the Canadian
government, and also the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for libel.
Canadian authorities have asked the Swiss for help in the case.
"Swiss authorities have seized two bank accounts at Swiss Bank
Corporation in Zurich." [Source: Reuters, 2 December 1995]
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