Spain ruling party says accounts are 'transparent'

31st January 2013, Comments 0 comments

Spain's ruling Popular Party's accounts are "transparent", the party's secretary general said Thursday after El Pais newspaper published documents that showed top officials received regular payments from a party fund.

"This party categorically denies the contents of those alleged documents which were published," Maria Dolores de Cospedal told a news conference.

"The Popular Party has only one set of accounts which are clear, transparent and submitted to the Court of Accounts," she added.

"We have absolutely nothing to hide."

El Pais published photos of hand-written ledgers on its front page on Thursday that showed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and top party officials received regular payments from a party fund until 2008.

The newspaper said Rajoy collected 25,200 euros ($34,000) a year between 1997 and 2008, a total of more than 250,000 euros, citing handwritten accounts that it said were kept by two former party treasurers, Alvaro Lapuerta and Luis Barcenas.

© 2013 AFP

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