Spanish radical leader laughs off Iranian funding link

12th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

The leader of Spanish leftist radical party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, said he would be happy for police to investigate him amid allegations of illegal party financing with money from the Iranian regime.

Iglesias said he would be "delighted" to place himself "at the disposition" of investigators following a report in the newspaper El Confidencial indicating police were investigating.

According to the report Podemos received some five million euros (5.4 million) from media companies administered in Spain by Iranian regime-linked businessman and academic Mahmud Alizadeh Azimi.

El Confidencial alleged the companies concerned inflated sums paid to firms linked to Podemos for broadcasting services to aid the channeling of cash to the organisation through third countries including Dubai and Malaysia.

Iglesias insisted that Podemos' finances were clean and transparent and its accounts had been externally audited.

© 2016 AFP

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