New corruption scandal rocks Mariano Rajoy’s PP as 24 arrested in Valencia

Ciudadanos and PSOE hit out at PP as police raid 33 premises

LAST UPDATED: 27 Jan, 2016 @ 13:04
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POLITICAL opponents have slammed the PP as another corruption scandal resulted in the arrests of 24 people in Valencia.

The detainees, who all have links to the PP, were arrested on Tuesday as part of Operation Taula, which is investigating local government corruption in Valencia, Alicante and Castellon.

DETAINED: Alfonso Rus
SUSPECT: Alfonso Rus

The PP governed in the region between 1995 and 2015.

Socialist PSOE representative Oscar Lopez said: “The PP are rotten to the core with corruption.

“If anyone thinks they can pressure the PSOE into supporting Spain’s most corrupt party, either actively or passively, so it can govern again, they are wrong.”

Those arrested are suspected of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding government contracts.

Alfonso Rus, a former Diputación chief and ex-mayor of Xàtiva, is believed to be one of the suspects.

Described by one source as ‘enormous’, the allegations also include suspected embezzlement, money laundering and bribing public officials.

Police also raided 33 homes, business premises and a sports club.

The arrests come at a crucial time for Mariano Rajoy’s PP, who have been courting Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera as they seek the necessary support to form a new government.

Rivera said: “It’s going to be complicated for Rajoy to be able to handle this kind of fight against corruption, and above all, it’s going to be very hard for him to have the authority for it.”

Spain has been without a government since the December 20 general election when no party was able to win a clear majority of 176 seats.

 





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