FORMER PP treasurer Luis Barcenas has been jailed without bail after allegedly tampering with evidence.

The judge also deemed that Barcenas, who is embroiled in several national scandals, to be a considerable flight risk.

Prosecutors succeeded in arguing that the 57-year-old Spaniard has been transferring money from his Swiss accounts to banks in the United States and Uruguay in the last few weeks.

Barcenas, who arrived with his wife to deny accusations of tax fraud and falsifying documents regarding art sales, was heckled by the public as he made his way to the court.

Crowds chanted ‘thieves’ as they emerged from their vehicle in Madrid accompanied by their lawyers.

The once powerful official was placed in a Guardia Civil van and taken to Soto del Real prison, where he will stay while the investigation continues.

Barcenas is also the target of a money-laundering inquiry involving the so-called Gurtel network, along with claims that he created a slush-fund to take illegal cash bonuses before distributing them to top party officials.

The case continues.


  1. Ironic to think the Spanish people voted these fraudsters in to save them from economic meltdown. You couldn’t make it up. Now I know that fraud is a global issue, but I just can’t envisage George Osborne or Danny Alexander stealing 50 million lol. Can Spain sink any lower?