Spanish firms profited illegally from Pope visit

18th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Companies in Spain accused of involvement in a corruption scandal engulfing the conservative opposition made illegal profits from a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Madrid - Companies in Spain accused of involvement in a corruption scandal engulfing the conservative opposition made illegal profits from a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Police seized documents showing charges paid by public television for dubbing speeches made by the pope during a visit in 2006 to Valencia, eastern Spain, did not all go to firms who did the work, daily paper El Pais said.

Some of the money allegedly went to two companies linked to Francisco Correa, an event organiser for the Popular Party (PP), at the centre of corruption allegations dogging the party, the paper reported.

The television network paid EUR 6.4 million (USD 9.5 million) to have the speeches dubbed, which was EUR 3.3 million more than the actual cost of the work, El Pais said.

The current corruption scandal erupted in February and has led to investigations into a number of PP members in the Valencia and Madrid regions over alleged bribes.

AFP/Expatica

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