Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy, accused of slush-fund knowledge
Yahoo.com, MADRID (AP) — The former finance chief for Spain’s ruling political party has accused Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of having full knowledge about a slush fund that allegedly financed payoffs for party members. Luis Barcenas made the declarations to reporters who mobbed his every public movement after his release on bail from a prison. He was jailed when the scandal surrounding the scheme erupted in 2013.
Barcenas said Friday that Rajoy knew about the scheme “from the beginning” and that party officials received regular payoffs. Rajoy and his Popular Party have denied the claims. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria declined comment on the latest declarations by Barcenas, noting he faces fraud and money laundering charges.