SPANISH Prime Minister Rajoy has refused point blank to comment on allegations of corruption over the so called ‘Barcenas files’.
His party today rejected the opposing parties’ petition to hold a special session in Congress next week to field questions on the claims that he and other government ministers took a series of illegal cash payments on top of their own salaries.
The so-called ‘Barcenas files,’ which were leaked in January, could implicate the prime minister in a corruption scheme that could have lasted up to 20 years.
The PP cited its ‘busy agenda’ as the reason for ignoring the petition, and, in fact, refusing to acknowledge the accusations at all.
This is despite a series of new ledgers showing Rajoy’s signature appearing in Spanish newspapers last weekend.
In the apparent fraud, Rajoy is said to have taken over €320,000 over a period of 20 years.
The parties in opposition immediately retaliated, saying the PP has ‘sunk’ the dignity of Congress.
Irene Lozano, of the UPyD party, said that Spain is facing a ‘democratic emergency.’
Rafael Larreina, of Amaiur, stressed that corruption is ‘one of the main dangers’ for the democratic system, and the only way to combat it is with the truth.
Barcenas meanwhile appeared in court today to claim that many Spaniards have assets in Switzerland as well as him.