MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says the jailing of a former ruling party treasurer on tax fraud charges does not threaten his government.
Rajoy said Friday in Brussels that he respected the judge's decision to detain Luis Barcenas, adding that the party would collaborate with the probe, which he hoped "would be speedy." The National Court jailed former Popular Party finance chief, Barcenas, on Thursday on provisional tax fraud and money laundering charges.
Barcenas served in the party's treasury for 20 years but resigned in 2009 after he was named in a probe into alleged irregular party financing. The court recently found Barcenas had up to 47 million euros ($61 million) in secret Swiss bank accounts.