• Spain's news in English

'We had no slush fund': Spanish government

George Mills/The Local/AFP · 9 Jul 2013, 10:03

Published: 09 Jul 2013 10:03 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The statement comes after Spanish national daily El Mundo on Monday published extracts of the secret accounts allegedly kept by Bárcenas.

The newspaper said the records showed Spain's current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy received under-the-table payments in 1997, 1998 and 1999 when he was a minister of the PP government of José María Aznar.

But the PP on Tuesday once again denied that the accounts — originally published by El País newspaper in January — had anything to do with organization.

Without mentioning Bárcenas by name, the party said all payments by the party to its officials and staff had "conformed with the law" and that the "corresponding tax" obligations had been met.

In its statement, the PP said it was willing to cooperate with the authorities to bring "investigations to an end as quickly as possible".

"The Popular Party reiterates that it does not know of the notes nor their content, and it does not in any way recognise them as the accounts of this political organization," it said in its statement.

The party's ex-treasurer Bárcenas is currently being held in prison without jail for his role in a separate corruption case, popularly known as Caso Gürtel.

In that case, the Bárcenas is charged with money laundering and tax fraud among other crimes as part of an investigation into a group of Spanish businessmen who staged PP events in exchange for kickbacks.  

Bárcenas, the treasurer of the PP from 1990 to 2009, had failed to adequately explain the around €47 million ($61.5 million) he held in Swiss bank accounts, said presiding High Court judge Pablo Ruz in his ruling which saw the official sent to prison.

On Sunday, El Mundo newspaper published an published a conversation between that paper's director, Pedro J. Ramírez, and Barcénas.

In that interview — which took place before the former top official was jailed — Bárcenas stated that the PP had been funded illegally for at least two decades.

Story continues below…

The top official told the newspaper's director about the methods, means, and extent to which the PP had been illegally funded for over the past twenty years.

That funding took the form of donations from construction magnates and other business people, Bárcenas alleged.

In the wake of that interview, Bárcenas' lawyers resigned, citing "professional differences" as the reason.

George Mills/The Local/AFP (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain's Rajoy says king has tasked him with forming govt
Photo: AFP

Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock.

Two imams arrested in Ibiza resort over 'Isis support'
The men were arrested in the resort of Sant Antoni de Portmany. Photo: Jose A / Flickr

Two Moroccan imams at a mosque on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group and inciting jihad.

Balearic Islands choose to keep summertime forever
The islands will have longer evenings during winter. Photo: AFP

The Balearic Islands want to keep summertime when the rest of Spain turns the clocks back on Sunday.

  Brazilian had 'uncontrollable desire to kill': Spain police
Francois Patrick Nogueira Gouveia has been charged with murdering his uncle, his wife and their two children. Photo: Guardia Civil.

A Brazilian teenager accused of dismembering his uncle and aunt and killing their two young sons in a grisly crime that shocked Spain had an "uncontrollable desire to kill", police said on Monday.

Man rescued from bin after climbing in to find old clothes
Photo: Policía Local Murcia

Police were called after passersby reported hearing a man calling for help from within a rubbish bin in the Vistabella neighbourhood of Murcia, southern Spain.

Spain faces crucial week as conservatives re-take power
Mariano Rajoy hopes to form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain entered a crucial week as acting conservative PM Mariano Rajoy prepared to re-take power, ending ten rollercoaster months without government marked by hope and disillusion.

Eight very creepy Halloween costumes ideas from Spain
Photo: Pan's Labyrinth

Forget flamenco dancers and bullfighters, The Local counts down the freakiest alternative costume ideas to dress up in this Halloween.

Man attacked by racist thug in UK street for talking Spanish

Tomas Gil, 27, from Valencia in eastern Spain was talking to his girlfriend in their native language after a night out in the British seaside town of Poole when he was set upon by a racist thug.

Malaga: Police probe bizarre 'sex death' of homeless Brit
The man was found near Malaga airport. Photo: Dennis Howlett / Flickr

A British homeless man was found dead tied to a bench near Malaga airport with his trousers down and his genitals in a can of tuna.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections
Third elections could now be avoided. Photo: AFP

Spain's Socialists voted on Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Analysis & Opinion
Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
jobs available