6 Mar, 2013 @ 17:25
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Barcenas accuses PP lawyer of Watergate style break-in

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WAR has broken out between the PP party and its former treasurer after he accused bosses of orchestrating a Watergate-style break-in at his office.

Police are now investigating the alleged burglary at Luis Barcenas’s office within the government’s PP party HQ.

The man embroiled in the national scandal, involving a €38 million offshore slush fund, claims that two computers and personal documents were stolen in the raid.

He has since accused a lawyer to PP secretary general Dolores de Cospedal, of ordering the theft.

Along with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, she is accused of taking illegal backhanders in cash from the fund based in Switzerland.

The PP, however insists Barcenas (top), who made the payments, has not had an office in the building since stepping down as treasurer in 2010.

Barcenas is also suing the party for unfair dismissal, claiming he was fired the same day El Pais published ledgers which imply PP members received bonuses from the slush-fund.

According to the lawsuit, Barcenas claims 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.

Judge Pablo Ruz is currently investigating the documents to determine whether illegal donations were made to the party between 1990 and 2008.

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