Despite corruption seemingly being rampant and both the traditional main parties pledging to clean up the system, both Prime Minister Rajoy (PP) and Spain’s former, and longest serving, Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez have stated that politicians implicated in corruption cases should not be automatically excluded from the elections.
After nearly six years of investigations, forty people are due to stand trial in part one of the so-called Gürtel corruption case, a scandal relating to a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme including, amongst others, a former PP Party Treasurer and an ex-Minister.
The former mayor and current Councillor for Public Works in Zurgena, Cándido Trabalón (PA), and seven other former Councillors have been sentenced to 15 months in prison and 9 years disqualification from public office for urban planning violations.
In the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, put together by Transparency International, Spain has risen three places to number 37 out of 175 countries.
The municipal spokesman for the IU-CA in Sevilla, José Manuel Garcia, has announced his resignation as a result of being implicated for alleged fraud and bribery under Operation Enradadera, one of the countless current corruption cases.
A new police operation against political corruption has led to the arrest on Tuesday of 30 people in 13 provinces in Spain.
The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor has decided to lodge a denuncia against the PP Mayor of Chipiona, Cádiz, for alleged irregularities in labour contracts awarded in the municipal company Caepionis.
The Socialists (PSOE) and Partido Popular (PP) appear to be putting the meteoric rise in popularity of new party Podemos down to the apparently never-ending series of corruption scandals affecting the mainstream parties, and it seems to be causing them concern.
National Court judge Eloy Velasco has ordered the former secretary general of the PP in Madrid, Francisco Granados, and businessman David Marjaliza to be detained in custody.
In today’s corruption scandal, six mayors and the former secretary general of the PP in Madrid are among 51 people arrested for taking kickbacks in exchange for granting construction contracts.