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Bárcenas slush-fund trial: Cospedal's predecessors in the dock
13 August 2013 @ 23:49

SECRETARY-GENERAL of the reigning PP party María Dolores del Cospedal and her two predecessors, Javier Arenas and Francisco Álvarez Cascos (pictured L-R) are due in the dock this week over the Bárcenas slush-fund case.

Cospedal's turn is Wednesday and Arenas and Cascos appeared today, but the outcome of their hearing has not been released yet.

Cascos entered the court building on foot at 11.00hrs this morning, dressed in a grey suit and greeted with multiple cries of 'tea-leaf', 'robber', and accusations of 'bare-faced cheek' and 'corruption'.

He was secretary-general of the PP between 1989 and 1999 and is said to have received 412,000 euros in cash-in-hand wage top-ups, and to have continued receiving during his spell as minister of public works as part of José María Aznar's government, which is against the Law of Compatibility, legislation set up to ensure politicians with multiple titles do not earn a salary for every single one.

Between 1994 and 1996, he is said to have received 47 million pesetas, or 282,000 euros.

Arenas arrived at 12.20hrs this morning and got a similar welcome from the crowds around the entrance to the court building, many of whom wore masks with president Mariano Rajoy's face on them.  


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