Spain police raid 30 suspects in corruption probe

11th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

Police targeted more than 30 suspects across Spain in raids on an alleged bribery racket implicating public officials, the government said, the latest in a string of Spanish corruption probes.

Police searched properties and "planned to arrest more 30 people" over suspected kickbacks paid to officials by public works companies in return for contracts, the interior ministry said in a statement.

"This organised racket managed to infiltrate numerous public institutions with the help of civil servants and officials," it said.

Authorities planned to charge the suspects with crimes including money laundering, tax fraud and forgery, it added.

The raids stemmed from earlier investigations into a former senior town planning official in the southern city of Seville.

He is suspected of receiving gifts including cash and vehicles from an environmental services company which had a "network of corrupt officials who helped the win contracts".

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has promised reforms to crack down on corruption after a series of damaging scandals.

The affairs have sparked public outrage at a time when one in four Spanish workers is unemployed.

In 2013 Rajoy resisted pressure to resign over allegations of undeclared payments to members of his conservative Popular Party.

© 2014 AFP

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