Spanish Authorities Arrest 51 Politicians in Anti-Corruption Sweep Reply

Anti-corruption protesters Madrid

A day after PM Mariano Rajoy played down scale of corruption in Spain, members of his party were among those arrested

Ashifa Kassam in Madrid writes for The Guardian.com–Dozens of public officials, bureaucrats and business leaders have been arrested across Spain as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation, just a day after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, downplayed the scale of graft in the country. Speaking on Sunday, Rajoy sought to depict the issue as a case of a few bad apples and one that must not define Spain. Noting that the justice system was doing its job, he said, “a few small incidents isn’t the same thing as 46 million people nor all of Spain”. Less than 24 hours later, 51 people – including top members of Rajoy’s ruling People’s party (PP) – were arrested as part of an investigation into “a network of corruption” that involved contracts worth roughly €250m (£197m), the country’s anti-corruption prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

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Read more on The Guardian.com: Spanish Authorities Arrest 51 Top Figures in Anti-Corruption Sweep

See editorial on The Spain Report.com: Even More Corrupt Spanish Politicians

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