Spain's EU minister won't resign over judicial probe

16th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's secretary of state for Europe said Monday he will not resign over "false accusations" that he misappropriated public funds.

Madrid--"You cannot ask for resignations because a person is the subject of false accusations, otherwise we would be at the mercy of professional complainants who would seek to make half the government resign," Diego Lopez Garrido told reporters.

A judge on Friday summoned Lopez Garrido to appear before him on 4 December over allegations that he granted tens of thousands of euros of government aid to the Alternatives Foundation, a think-tank close to the ruling Socialist Party and which he used to head.

Lopez Garrido said the aid was "absolutely legal" and was granted after he had resigned from the foundation.

As Spain's senior government official in charge of EU affairs, he will have a key role to play when Madrid takes over the six-month presidency of the European Union on January 1.

The complaint was filed by the Thomas More Law Centre, which describes itself as an organisation "defending the values of family, life and freedom of parents to choose the education they want for their children."

AFP/ Expatica

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