Spain: Spanish PM called to appear as witness in corruption trial

Author(s): UNK | Date: April 18, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/DfAU6G | Type: Text

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been called to appear as a witness in the ongoing trial over the “Gurtel” cash for favors corruption scandal, local media reported Tuesday quoting judicial sources.
He will be the first Spanish prime minister ever to be called as a witness in such a case, though the date of the appearance has yet to be announced, according to media reports.
Magistrates at Spain’s High Court decided to call Rajoy as a witness in a trial in which his right-wing People’s Party (PP) was deeply implicated for allegedly accepting bribes in return to awarding lucrative public contracts.
These bribes were then used to run a slush fund controlled by former PP Treasurer, Luis Barcenas, which was then used to finance election campaigns.