Alvaro Martin
Alvaro Martin

SPAIN’S biggest political corruption scandal has taken yet another twist with the appointment of a new judge.

Five years after the billion euro ERE investigation opened in Andalucia, a new magistrate Alvaro Martin has been brought in to take over the case from Maria Nunez Bolanos.

Bolanos – who herself replaced judge Mercedes Alaya on the case in April 2015 – will now concentrate her efforts on the separate bogus training scheme scandal, also involving the Junta.

Martin will be in charge of investigating how at least €855 million was used by Junta officials in kickbacks and slush funds over more than a decade.

Those accused include former employment minister Javier Guerrero, while ex Junta bosses Manuel Chavez and Jose Antonio Grinan have also been implicated.

In total, 51 political figures have been accused of corruption, the largest number of any Spanish political corruption case.

Since the investigation was launched in 2010, seven of them have died, including Industry minister Francisco Mencia this month.


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