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Corruption & Fraud In Spain

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Spaniards Less Worried About Catalan Independence In December But National Angst Not Over Yet

NEWS: New data published by Spain's Sociological Research Centre (CIS) on Tuesday shows Spaniards were eight points less worried about the independence of Catalonia in December (16.7) than they were in November (24.6). The si... (Read full story).

Spanish Prime Minister Defends Corruption Record In Parliament Amid Opposition Calls To Resign

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy defend himself and the Popular Party against accusations of corruption on Wednesday morning, after being forced to appear in parliament by opposition groups. The Prime Minister claimed he had made 52 state... (Read full story).

PSOE And Podemos Demand Recall Of Parliament To Question Rajoy On Corruption Charges

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and Podemos have signed a joint petition to parliament demanding the house be recalled from its summer break to discuss the Prime Minister's role in the allegedly fraudulent management of... (Read full story).

Mariano Rajoy Tells Judge He Knew Nothing About Fraud As PSOE Calls For PM To Resign Immediately

NEWS: The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, appeared in court as a witness on Wednesday morning, in an ongoing corruption investigation involving the illegal funding of his party, the Popular Party, several years ago when ... (Read full story).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Jailed On Remand In Fraud Case

NEWS: Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been jailed on remand by an investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid, several Spanish media outlets reporte... (Read full story).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Arrested In Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been arrested as part of an investigation into "irreg... (Read full story).

Former First Minister Arrested And Newspaper Editor Named As Suspect In New PP Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard launched another corruption operation on Wednesday morning in Madrid, arresting the former Popular Party (PP) First Minister of the region, Ignacio González, who governed from 2012-2015, along with 11 other... (Read full story).

Spain's Princess Cristina Found Not Guilty But Ordered To Pay €265,000 In Nóos Fraud Case

NEWS: Spain's Princess Cristina, King Felipe's sister, has been found not guilty of the criminal charges she was accused of but has been ordered to pay €265,000 in civil liability damages in the Nóos corruption case, Spanish med... (Read full story).

I Will "NOT RESIGN" From Senate, Says Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, Citing Declaration Of Human Rights

NEWS: Rita Barberá, the former long-time Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, currently a senator in Madrid, announced that she was leaving the party but would not resign her Senate seat, in a statement e-mailed to journalists, by t... (Read full story).

Supreme Court To Investigate Rita Barberá, Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, For Money Laundering

NEWS: A spokesman for the Supreme Court confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday that it had decided to open an investigation into the former Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, for money laundering. "The court dec... (Read full story).

Home Secretary

EDITORIAL: 27-29%, even 30% of the country, on his side, think that what he did (does) is okay. cloacas del estado someone bugged the Home Secretary's office. The Home Secretary. in charge of the general election on Sunday (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Caught On Tape Plotting Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Diaz (PP), came under fire late on Tuesday evening after [Público][1] published recordings of conversations in his office during which he plotted to falsify corruption cases ... (Read full story).

King Felipe & Queen Letizia Texted Support To OHL Director Involved In Credit Card Fraud Scandal

NEWS: The King and Queen of Spain sent supportive text messages to the son-in-law of one of Spain's richest men after newspapers published details of his involvement in the Caja Madrid-Bankia credit-card fraud scandal in 2014, E... (Read full story).

Princess Cristina Denies All Knowledge Of Aizoon Fraud With Innocent Wife Defence Strategy

NEWS: Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y Grecia, otherwise known as Princess Cristina, or King Felipe's sister, took to the stand in the Nóos fraud trial in Palma de Mallorca on Thursday even... (Read full story).

PP Corruption Whitewash

EDITORIAL: Whitewash, dirty, clean, laundering, wash image, clean image, dirt, disgust, uuurrgh, shine, polish, Corruption, fraud, bribery, theft, crime, stealing, white collar, money laundering PP, Rajoy, polls, corruption, leader... (Read full story).

Former PP Deputy Mayor Of Valencia, Alfonso Grau, Arrested On Suspicion Of Bribery

NEWS: The Civil Guard arrested Alfonso Grau, the former Popular Party Deputy Mayor of Valencia, at his home in the city on Monday morning, Civil Guard spokesmen confirmed to The Spain Report. Mr. Grau was arrested along with ... (Read full story).

Spain's Civil Guard Launches Money Laundering Operation Against China's ICBC In Madrid

NEWS: The Civil Guard's serious crime squad (UCO) has launched an operation at the headquarters of Chinese bank ICBC—the largest bank in the world—in Madrid, the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report. Five people have bee... (Read full story).

Esperanza Aguirre Resigns As Leader Of Madrid Popular Party

NEWS: Esperanza Aguirre, the veteran leader of the Popular Party in the region of Madrid, former First Minister of Madrid, former Speaker of the Senate and a former Culture & Education minister under José María Aznar, announced ... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Searches Madrid PP Headquarters & Office Of OHL Board Director In Fraud Investigation

NEWS: Civil Guard serious crime squad officers searched the headquarters of the Popular Party in Madrid on Thursday evening as part of an ongoing fraud investigation, a spokesman for the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report... (Read full story).

Another Barrel Full Of Individual Bad Apples

EDITORIAL: There is now a very long list of "isolated" corruption cases affecting the Popular Party. A good few barrel loads of senior-level "individual bad apples" in different areas of the country. Yesterday it was the eastern regi... (Read full story).

Corruption & Organised Crime Authorities Arrest Several Members Of Popular Party In Valencia

NEWS: Several members of the Popular Party in the eastern region of Valencia were arrested on Tuesday by the Civil Guard as part of a corruption investigation, a Civil Guard spokesman confirmed to The Spain Report. "It's an o... (Read full story).

Judge Orders Civil Guard To Search HQ Of Artur Mas's Party CDC As Part Of Corruption Investigation

NEWS: An investigating judge in El Vendrell (Catalonia) ordered Civil Guard officers into the headquarters of First Minister Artur Mas's party CDC on Friday morning in search of documentary proof of bribery and illicit party fun... (Read full story).

Home Secretary Fernández Díaz Says Meeting With Rato Was "In No Way Secret Or Clandestine"

NEWS: Spanish Home Secretary Jorge Fernández Díaz appeared before a parliamentary commission on Friday morning to make statements on his July 29 meeting with the former head of the IMF, Spanish Economy Minister and Deputy Prime ... (Read full story).

Spanish Police Open Preliminary Investigation Into Corruption Crimes At Stock Regulator CNMV

NEWS: Spanish police have <a href="http://www.elconfidencial.com/empresas/2015-07-30/la-investigacion-policial-en-la-cnmv-se-centra-en-hechos-de-la-etapa-de-julio-segura_947265/">opened</a> a preliminary investigation into the S... (Read full story).

Spain's Markets & Competition Commission Fines 20 Car Companies €171 Million For Cartel Practices

NEWS: Spain's National Markets &amp; Competition Commission (CNMC) has announced a record €171 million fine for 20 car manufacturers and distributors for practices it believes "constitute a cartel", the commission said in a <a h... (Read full story).

Three PSOE MPs Resign After Supreme Court Asks Congress For Leave To Indict Them On Fraud Charges

NEWS: Three Socialist Party (PSOE) MPs, all former senior leaders in the Andalusian regional government, resigned on Wednesday after a Supreme Court judge submitted a formal 129-page petition to the Spanish Congress requesting l... (Read full story).

Director Of Alhambra Board Of Trustees Arrested In Money Laundering Investigation In Granada

NEWS: Police in Granada have arrested the director general of the board of trustees of Spain’s famous Alhambra palace as part of a money laundering investigation led by the Economic & Tax Crimes squad. A spokesman for the Nat... (Read full story).

Police Anti-Fraud Unit Arrests Central Government Representative In Valencia In Bribery Investigation

NEWS: Spanish National Police officers arrested Serafín Castellano, the central government representative in Valencia, on Friday morning as part of a bribery investigation. A spokesman for the Spanish National Police force in... (Read full story).

Former IMF Director & Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Rodrigo Rato Arrested For Money Laundering

NEWS: Former IMF director, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Economy Minister and chairman of Bankia Rodrigo Rato was arrested by anti-fraud police at his home in central Madrid on Thursday evening on charges of money laundering, f... (Read full story).

A Corrupt Governing Party: Rajoy Will Not Resign

EDITORIAL: Investigating judge Pablo Ruz yesterday published a new 190-page ruling with "solid, well-founded indications" of how the governing Popular Party was really financed between 1990 and 2008. In that 18-year period, he said, ... (Read full story).

Bank Of Spain Administrators File For Banco De Madrid Bankruptcy After Large Withdrawals Of Funds

NEWS: The Bank of Spain said in a statement on Monday morning that administrators the bank appointed late last Monday night to oversee operations at Banco de Madrid had filed for bankruptcy after clients withdrew large amounts o... (Read full story).

Bank Of Spain Intervenes Banco De Madrid After US Treasury Warns On Andorran Bank Money Laundering

NEWS: In a press statement published late on Tuesday night, the Bank of Spain said it had agreed to intervene Banco de Madrid, S.A.”100% owned” by Andorran entity Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA), after BPA was named earlier today ... (Read full story).

Gürtel: A Dangerous Spanish Silence

EDITORIAL: That’s it. The Gürtel investigation is going to trial. The suspects have been charged. The Popular Party as an organisation will now officially be tried, not as a suspect prosecuted for a crime but for being a “profit seek... (Read full story).

Judge Charges 40 Including Former Health Minister In Gürtel Corruption Case & Sets €449 Million Bond

NEWS: The investigating judge in the Gürtel corruption case, Pablo Ruz, charged 40 people with fraud crimes on Thursday, moving the case from the investigation phase to the trial phase, and ordered them to post €449 million in c... (Read full story).

Where Is Podemos Really From?

EDITORIAL: In the weeks after Podemos burst onto the Spanish political scene in the European elections last May, it became clear that the strategies and narratives driving the phenomenal rise of the party were not as spontaneous and ... (Read full story).

Judge Orders European Parliament Vice President Valcárcel To Testify As Suspect In Bribery Case

NEWS: An investigating judge in the south-eastern Spanish city of Murcia has ordered European Parliament Vice President Ramón Luis Valcárcel—formerly the First Minister of the region of Murcia for 19 years—to testify in a briber... (Read full story).

Venality vs. The Separation Of Powers In Madrid

EDITORIAL: El País today published a front-page story reporting that 32 judges, public prosecutors and legal clerks have been paid a total of €230,000 to help Indra, a private company subcontracted by the Madrid regional government, ... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Summons 5 Socialist Senators & MPs As Suspects In Billion Euro Andalusian Fraud Case

NEWS: Spain’s Supreme Court summoned three former Socialist Party (PSOE) First Ministers of Andalusia, a former speaker of the Andalusian regional parliament and regional education minister, and a former regional employment mini... (Read full story).

Spanish Judge Imposes €800 Million Bond On Bankia, BFA, Rodrigo Rato And 3 Former Bankia Directors

NEWS: Judge Fernando Andreu, investigating the Bankia IPO stock listing, has ordered Bankia, parent company BFA, former Bankia Chairman Rodrigo Rato, former Bankia Deputy Chairman José Manuel Olivas and former Bankia board membe... (Read full story).

Corrupt Politicians vs. Pillars Of Democracy

EDITORIAL: The list of Spanish Falciani List names published by El Confidencial continues to grow. The Pujol family, the founding family of monarchist newspaper ABC, a former Supreme Court justice, several members of the “Catalan pol... (Read full story).

Spanish Police Tax Crime Unit To Arrest 90 In €2-3 Billion Euro Unemployment Funds Scam In Andalusia

DEEP SPAIN: More than 150 police officers, led by Spain’s Tax & Economic Crimes Unit (UDEF), swooped on Tuesday morning in Andalusia to begin arresting dozens of politicians and businessmen related to Operation Edu, which is investiga... (Read full story).

El Confidencial Publishes Names Of Spanish HSBC Clients As Falciani Agrees To Work With Podemos

NEWS: Spain appears as the twelfth country with most people (2,694) named in the Falciani List of HSBC clients with bank accounts in Switzerland, but only 29th in terms of them amount of money recorded in the entries: $2.3 billi... (Read full story).

Monedero And Venezuela: A Double Blow To Podemos

EDITORIAL: Truth is a slippery beast at the best of times and in a quintuple electoral year more so. Narratives driving voter perceptions of reality are what will determine the outcome and the state of play in Spanish politics by the... (Read full story).

Clarity, Insight & Fear-Mongering In The Popular Party

EDITORIAL: Three major Popular Party players have spoken with authority and varying degrees of clarity on party matters and the state of Spain this weekend, in which the country’s governing formation has held its big pre-election nat... (Read full story).

Bárcenas Is Back

EDITORIAL: Luis Bárcenas did not actually charge out of the prison gate snorting like an angry bull, stamping his front hoof in the sand as he searched for Mariano Rajoy’s glittering behind with an evil grin, but the effect was about... (Read full story).

Spaniards Hit The Royal Jackpot

EDITORIAL: This morning, millions of Spaniards were stuck in front of their TV screens and radio sets, waiting to see which lucky citizens would take home this year’s share of the country’s historic €3.3 billion Fat Boy lottery prize... (Read full story).

Spain’s Problem With The Separation Of Powers

EDITORIAL: Yesterday morning, Spain’s Director of Public Prosecutions, the country’s most senior prosecutor, Eduardo Torres Dulce, resigned, ostensibly for the standard official ‘personal reasons’, but reportedly by all Spanish newsp... (Read full story).

“There Are No Rules. Everyone Is Corrupt” Says Creator Of Spanish Corruption Game Corruptopolis

INTERVIEW: **How’s the campaign going?** I’ve got most of it. I need €1,100 more and there are 5 days left. If I don’t reach the target, they don’t give you anything. **How did you come up with the idea?** Corruption stories... (Read full story).

Less Talk, More Prison Time For Corrupt Politicians

EDITORIAL: Over the last few years, Spaniards have witnessed a seemingly never-ending stream of political corruption cases come to light from the very bottom to the very top of the Spanish political system, from the smallest local co... (Read full story).

Even More Corrupt Spanish Politicians

EDITORIAL: Back in April, the total was already around “1,661 political and economic corruption cases” being formally investigated by the courts, with 91 “especially complex and serious cases” being dealt with by the national high co... (Read full story).

A Bottomless Pit Of Corruption & Irregularity

EDITORIAL: The list of corruption cases in Spain grows longer and it is difficult to keep up with how many there are, never mind all the regular updates to each case about who stole exactly how much in what manner. The Bárcenas an... (Read full story).

Mired In The Grievous Sins Of A Murky Past

EDITORIAL: Last January, Spanish newspaper El País reported that: “more than 300 Spanish politicians are being investigated on charges of corruption”. Then, in April, rival daily El Mundo reported that “1,661 political and economic c... (Read full story).

Troubles With Spain’s Regional First Ministers

EDITORIAL: Spain’s powerful regional first ministers are important figures in Spanish politics, and the label used here for the country’s regions—autonomous communities—hints at the quasi-federal power-sharing set up that came out of... (Read full story).

Spanish King Must Clarify Role in 1981 Coup

EDITORIAL: The allegations made by Pilar Urbano in her interview with El Mundo on Sunday, in which she describes how recently deceased former prime minister Adolfo Suárez believed the King himself to be behind the 1981 coup attempt, ... (Read full story).

Picardo To Sue Manos Limpias In Supreme Court

NEWS: The Gibraltar government has issued a press release release saying that First Minister Fabian Picardo is to take Spanish association Manos Limpias to the Gibraltar Supreme Court after they refused to issue “an apology, a r... (Read full story).

Three PP Secretary Generals Deny Slush Fund

NEWS: The current secretary general of Spain’s governing Popular Party, María Dolores de Cospedal, told the judge she did not know of the existence of the Bárcenas slush fund accounting papers and that she had not received the €... (Read full story).

Rajoy-Bárcenas in Parliament: Live Blog

LIVE BLOG: <div class="liveblog"> <div class="liveblogpost"> <a href="javascript:location.reload(true);">Refresh this page</a> for continuing updates. <ul> <li>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy explains his version of Bárce... (Read full story).
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