José Francisco Ruiz Massieu

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José Francisco Ruiz Massieu
Governor of Guerrero
In office
April 1, 1987 – March 31, 1993
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari
Preceded by Alejandro Cervantes Delgado
Succeeded by Rubén Figueroa Alcocer
Personal details
Born (1946-07-22)July 22, 1946
Acapulco, Guerrero
Died September 28, 1994(1994-09-28) (aged 48)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
Profession Lawyer, politician

José Francisco Ruiz Massieu (July 22, 1946 – September 28, 1994) was a Mexican political figure. He was governor of Guerrero from 1987 to 1993. He then served as the secretary-general of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in 1994. His term ended with his assassination.

José Francisco Ruiz Massieu was the brother-in-law of Carlos Salinas and was due to become the PRI majority leader in the Chamber of Deputies. All that changed on the morning of September 28, 1994, when he was murdered by a gunman, 28-year-old Daniel Aguilar Treviño, just outside Hotel Casa Blanca, located at Lafragua street crossing with Reforma avenue in downtown Mexico City. The incident occurred while Ruiz Massieu was boarding his vehicle after attending a PRI party meeting held at Casa Blanca.


His murder happened just six months after the murder of PRI party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was gunned down on March 23, 1994, in Tijuana. Two days after the murder on September 30, 1994, PRI deputy Fernando Rodríguez González was arrested in Zacatecas and confessed to authorities that he himself hired hitman Aguilar Treviño and a cousin of this one to commit the murder. Daniel Aguilar Treviño confessed to authorities that he was paid $500,000 USD by Rodríguez González himself to commit the crime.

When Rodríguez González was interrogated, he then revealed of the intellectual participation of PRI Deputy Manuel Muñoz Rocha linking him to the murder.[citation needed] Muñoz Rocha, who also disappeared just days after the murder, made a phone call to a Mexico City television station saying that he was willing to come forward and give his side of the story to PGR authorities if his request for protection was made. Such request was approved by government officials, but, by then, Muñoz Rocha was never to be seen or heard of again. Two weeks later, the assistant attorney general investigating the case, Mario Ruiz Massieu, the brother of the assassinated politician, resigned because of irregularities from PRI officials in the case. He assured to have proof to accuse PRI party president Ignacio Pichardo Pagaza and party secretary María de los Ángeles Moreno of hiding evidence and thus blocking the investigation. Pichardo Pagaza and Moreno requested for proof to be shown, but it was never found.

On February 28, 1995, Raúl Salinas, the brother of former President Carlos Salinas, was arrested at his Mexico City home and was considered the mastermind of the Ruiz Massieu assassination.[citation needed] Three days later, Mario Ruiz Massieu was arrested in Newark, United States, boarding a plane to Madrid while carrying USD $46,000 in unreported cash. The government charged him with obstructing the investigation of his brother's murder. The government also found seventeen million dollars in U.S. bank accounts linked to Mario Ruiz Massieu. He was not found deportable.[1] Mario Ruiz Massieu committed suicide in 1999.[2][3]

Raúl Salinas was found guilty on January 21, 1999.[4][5] On appeal, his sentence was cut to 27​12 years.[6] In June 2005, the conviction was overturned and Raúl Salinas freed.[7]


  1. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20101130114222/http://www.justice.gov/eoir/efoia/bia/Decisions/Revdec/pdfDEC/reposts/3400.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Tim Golden (1999-09-17). "Mexican, in U.S. Suicide Note, Blames Zedillo for His Death - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Mario Ruiz Massieu | News". London: The Guardian. September 20, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Mexico Background Stories". Washingtonpost.com. January 22, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-581241.html
  6. ^ JULIA PRESTONPublished: July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17). "Raul Salinas's Sentence in Mexico Murder Is Cut to 27 1/2 Years - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ BBC. "Mexico frees ex-leader's brother". 10 June 2005. Accessed on 9/3/12 at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4079372.stm

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