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Spain: Banker jailed as inquiry continues into Caja Madrid

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Spain: Banker jailed as inquiry continues into Caja Madrid


A Spanish judge has ordered the former chairman of Caja Madrid to be put in jail in a high profile investigation into banking irregularities.

Considered a flight risk bail was set a 2.5 million euros for Blesa, as an inquiry is carried out over Caja Madrid’s purchase of a US bank in the midst of the economic crisis in 2008.

This is the first time a top Spanish banker has been jailed in 20 years. The plaintiff ‘Manos Limpias’ (a right-wing union representing Spanish public employees) celebrated the news.

Miguel Bernard, ‘Manos Limpias’ union representative said: “The court’s decision gives an example to follow.”

“It is also a warning for everybody, because what the saving banks are doing in the finance area in this country is a big scandal,” he continued.

Caja Madrid merged with several banks in 2010 to form Bankia, which required a 22 billion euro rescue, forcing Spain to call on EU bailout funds.

The eurozone’s fourth largest economy has had to pass many unpopular austerity measures as a result of the crisis, making banks the focus of much public anger.

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