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Spain: Chief judge resigns in expenses scandal

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As ordinary Spaniards tighten their belts, the country’s top judge has quit amid claims he used public funds to pay for trips to holiday resorts.

Chief Justice Carlos Divar was accused of using 30,000 euros from his expense account to pay for luxury hotels and restaurants, mainly in Marbella.

He was given the job in 2008 by Spain’s then Socialist government. Now in opposition, the party demanded Divar’s resignation, saying the credibility of the General Council of the Judiciary has been seriously damaged.

Despite bowing to pressure after a month-long scandal, Divar denies any wrongdoing. He says the trips in question were official and that he paid for the private portions of them out of his own pocket.