JULIO Iglesias is facing a backlash from human rights groups after performing in Equatorial Guinea.

The 68-year-old Spaniard ignored advice from Human Rights Watch not to appear at the event due to the African nation’s history of human rights abuses.

The concert was organised by the country’s vice-president, and son of the nation’s long-time dictator, who is wanted in France on corruption charges.

“The entire government was there, and the first ladies of several African nations.

“When I greet them, I don’t ask them if their husbands are corrupt,” said the singer. Earlier this month Iglesias admitted receiving a handout of over €5 million from a former Partido Popular (PP) president in 1997.