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Disgraced ex-treasurer 'stayed on party payroll'

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Disgraced ex-treasurer 'stayed on party payroll'
Spain's El Mundo newspaper says Luis Bárcenas (left) was paid by the ruling Popular Party even after Mariano Rajoy (right) entered office as Prime Minister. Photo: Pierre Philippe Marcou/AFP
10:22 CEST+02:00
The disgraced former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) continued to receive a salary from the party even after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy entered office, Spanish media reported on Monday.

Rajoy appeared in Spanish Parliament on August 1st to answer questions about a PP slush fund allegedly operated by ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas.

During that appearance, the Spanish leader said the official had stopped working for the party before he became Prime Minister in December 2012.

But Spain's El Mundo newspaper on Sunday published PP payslips it said showed Bárcenas had received 14 payments of €18,297 ($24,380) after this date.

Read The Local's profile of Spain's public enemy number one Luis Bárcenas.

The daily said the former treasurer had remained on contract to the party.

Bárcenas was the best paid PP leader in 2011 and 2012 the paper also reported on Monday.

In 2011, he was paid €219,000 while in 2012 he received €251,000.

In July, Bárcenas, said he handed €25,000 ($33,000) in 500-euro notes to the Prime Minister in March 2010.

The former PP treasurer is currently in prison without bail because of his involvement in another corruption scandal, known as Caso Guertel.

He had failed to explain millions of euros held in Swiss bank accounts, judges involved in that case said.

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