FURIOUS PP officials are demanding Junta president Susana Diaz ends her Moroccan holiday to ‘take responsibility’ over shocking revelations in the training course fraud scandal.
Andalucia’s PSOE government finally acknowledged on Thursday that millions of euros of taxpayers’ money was syphoned off to a series of bogus training courses for non-existent students in Spain’s second biggest financial fraud ever.
They have only now published a list of ‘companies’ the money went to, after months of media and public pressure. An incredible 70% are believed to have simply been ‘fronts’, while others padded out attendance lists with students who were not actually present.
The corruption outrage – which involved hundreds of professional training courses – saw Andalucian officials take more than €3 billion of EU education funding.
Diaz has been accused of turning a blind eye to the accusations and PP officials have called for her to cut short her holiday in Morocco and return to face questions posed by Operation EDU.
“Who will take responsibility?” asked the Andalucian PP president, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla. “Who needs to stand down, resign, for failing to put sufficient controls, for not having audited public accounts?”
Former Andalucian tax office chief Angel Ojeda was arrested as part of Operation Oscar, one of many investigations into the scandal.
The police report claims Ojeda was leading a ‘very complex business network consisting of more than 50 companies, foundations and associations’ that had received ‘tens of millions of euros’ from the Andalucian government.
The PP’s Moreno Bonilla has accused the IUCA, the governing body of the PSOE, of ‘covering up this corruption’.
Ms Diaz was called upon to suspend her trip to Morocco and provide further clarification of the data released last week by the Junta following strong pressure from the opposition.
Rafael Salas, Andalucian PP deputy leader, said: “What is she doing in Morocco with all that’s been happening here?”
Mr Salas claimed that publishing listings wasn’t enough and that it was necessary for the ‘black holes’ in them to be explained as well.
According to him, Ms Diaz’s failure to do so ‘demonstrates her political cowardice, her lack of respect for Andalucians and her failure to act against corruption’.
The Junta also came under fire after it was declared exempt from having to justify company aid given to the wife of the PSEO’s former number-two, Rafael Velasco.
Mr Velasco resigned after it came to light that his wife’s company, Aulacen Cinco S.L., received aid totalling almost 100,000 euros for training courses.
Data was published by the Junta on their website following revelations by El Mundo that a company administered by a member of the PSOE was exonerated along with Ojeda’s business conglomerate, the UGT and CCOO unions, employers, as well as a multitude of municipalities.