MEXICO CITY, May 30 (UPI) -- Mexican authorities are investigating a dozen suspects in the slaying of the brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
Mexico's Attorney General Alfonso Navarrete Prida said officials are investigating those who would have the means and motive to blackmail Enrique Salinas de Gortari, found dead in his car in December 2004 with a note detailing his recent financial difficulties, El Universal reported Monday.
Salinas's lawyer Mariano de Jesus Flores and an associate, Jose Ricardo Hernandez Iturbide, were placed under house arrest earlier this month after investigators discovered Salinas tried to transfer a large sum of money to Hernandez Iturbide's account shortly before he died.
Officials said the alleged extortion was for $2.9 million. Flores and Hernandez Iturbide are being held on charges they attempted to cover up the extortion plot.