Former mayor of Jerez justifies diversion of funds

The former mayor of jerez, Pilar Sánchez (PSOE), who is appearing in court on charges of corruption and embezzlement, has justified the diversion of €8.6 million of funds from the Plan E on the grounds that she needed to pay municipal salaries and pay the concessionaires of municipal companies.

Corruption continues to affect the image of Spain

A global survey of international perceptions of official corruption sees Spain down by six points to 40th place in the table following the latest, and seemingly endless, series of scandals.

Rajoy admits to ‘making a mistake’

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has admitted to MPs that he made a ‘mistake’ in trusting ‘someone who we now know did not deserve it’, a reference to former PP treasurer Luis Barcenas who is currently in jail on corruption charges.

Spending on corruption cases

The Ministry of Justice apparently spent more than €10 million in 2012 investigating cases of corruption, of which there are around 798 nationwide.

Foul play suspected for some reason

Four teams involved in play-off matches in Nigeria have been suspended after scores of 79-0 and 67-0. Plateau United Feeders were 79-0 victors over Akurba FC while Police Machine FC demolished Bubayaro FC 67-0, with an exciting total of 133 goals in the second halves of the respective matches. The results meant that Plateau edged above Police Machine on goal difference.

Corruption in Spain

The Global Barometer of Corruption 2013, a survey carried out by Transparency International Spain (TI-Spain) makes for interesting, if predictable reading.

Good image

It must tell us something when four out of the first five stories on a Spanish news portal relate to ongoing, high profile corruption cases…