MASSIVE anti-corruption raids have been carried out across Andalucia, the Canary Islands and Extremadura today, resulting in at least 30 arrests.

Technicians, senior municipal officials and politicians were among those arrested, to add to the 51 arrested at the end of October.

Judge Mercedes Alaya (pictured) – the standing judge for the ERE trial – demanded the arrests as part of Operation Madeja, which is investigating alleged cash payments for work contracts.

Companies have allegedly been paying high-standing public officials to obtain work contracts for parks and public gardens, among other things.

Operation Madeja – named for the symbol of Sevilla – is investigating claims of money-laundering and fraud, among others.

Many of the arrests have taken place in Sevilla, for corrupt activities that have been ongoing since 2005.

The PSOE were in charge of the city until 2011.

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