THE SPREADING SCANDAL

THE ARREST OF AN EX-PRESIDENT'S BROTHER DEMOLISHES THE RULES OF MEXICAN POLITICS

Like his princely predecessors, Carlos Salinas de Gortari was accustomed to the sycophantic treatment accorded Presidents--and former Presidents--of Mexico. So it must have come as a shock when a visitor sent ``as a courtesy'' by current President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon showed up unannounced at Salinas' Mexico City house last Tuesday morning and began ringing the front doorbell. The high-level official, laden with documents, tapes and videos, was bringing evidence that a dramatic new lead had surfaced in the investigation into the murder of one of Mexico's most powerful politicians, Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, who was gunned down last September...

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