Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya’s opposition files a petition against presidential vote

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Siempre vida Barcelona'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Spain attacks - Can Europe prepare for vehicle-ramming terror attacks?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Measures in place to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Terror in Barcelona

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Terror attack, Trump turmoil rattle stock markets

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Malbouffe: understanding junk food à la française

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Lebanon repeals 'rape law', but activists say more is needed to protect women

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US business leaders abandon Trump after Charlottesville

Read more

Europe

Spain's PM faces parliament over corruption scandal

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-01

Spanish Prime Mariano Rajoy appeared in parliament Thursday to face questions about a slush-fund scandal rocking his conservative Popular Party. Rajoy is accused of receiving illegal cash payments but has resisted calls to resign.

Spain’s prime minister has made an unexpected confession that he was wrong to trust his former party financial chief for so many years but denies the ex-treasurer’s allegations that the party ran a slush fund.

In a special appearance before Parliament, Mariano Rajoy surprised many by saying he “was wrong to maintain confidence in someone we now know did not deserve it.”

Rajoy is mired in a controversy concerning former Popular Party treasurer Luis Barcenas, who has been jailed while under investigation about the party’s funding and having huge secret Swiss bank accounts.

Rajoy’s name is among top party members alleged to have received under-the-table payments from Barcenas.

On Thursday, Rajoy again denied the allegations and called his long-time friend Barcenas “a delinquent.”

(AP)

Date created : 2013-08-01

  • SPAIN

    Spain's Rajoy rejects calls to resign over graft scandal

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Spanish PM Rajoy rejects corruption allegations

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    PM hints at possible bailout for Spain

    Read more

COMMENT(S)