THE ex-Popular Party treasurer currently embroiled in Spain’s slush-fund scandal is suing his former party for ‘unfair dismissal’.
Contradicting a statement from PP secretary general Maria Dolores de Cospedal, Barcenas claims his work with the party was only terminated on January 31 of this year, rather than in 2010.
If Barcenas’ claims are true, it means he was fired the same day El Pais published ledgers implying PP members, including Rajoy, received bonuses from a €38 million slush-fund.
According to the lawsuit, Barcenas says he was paid €21,300 per month to advise the party after stepping down as treasurer in 2010.
Barcenas filed the lawsuit the same day he appeared before the High Court to explain the €38 million he allegedly held in Swiss bank accounts.
Barcenas made the claim after De Cospedal filed a defamation lawsuit against him and El Pais over the ledgers, which appear to show that De Cospedal herself also received bonuses from the slush-fund.