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Corruption and cronyism allegations fly in Spain

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Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who is investigating allegations of corruption in the country’s main oppostion, has widened his inquiry to possibly include members of parliament.

So far the case has only implicated Popular Party members involved in local politics. The conservatives have dismissed the investigation as a Socialist-led witchhunt intended to damage their chances in forthcoming regional elections. Garzon, a high-profile anti-terrorism judge, was once an elected representative of the ruling Socialists. He has indicated that, following a new police report, several Popular Party MPs are likely to be interviewed as part of his investigation. The Socialists themselves have been embarassed by the recent resignation of the justice minister. He stood down after it emerged he had been on a hunting trip with Garzon. This fuelled the PP’s claims of too close links between the government and the judiciary.