Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been addressing parliament over allegations that he received illegal payments from a slush fund.
The Popular Party’s former treasurer Luis Barcenas claims Rajoy and other senior politicians took money from big business in return for favourable treatment.
But Rajoy issued a firm denial and accused other political leaders of “lies, manipulations and malicious insinuations.”
“The only mistakes I want to tell the Chamber about today can be summed up in a few words – I made an error. I’m sorry but I trusted someone whom we now know didn’t deserve that trust,” he told parliament.
The renewed allegations stem from a handwritten ledger made public a month ago by Luis Barcenas.
He is currently facing tax fraud charges and is on remand after it was found that he had hidden more than 47 million euros in Swiss bank accounts.