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Spain's PM called as witness in corruption trial

Spain's PM called as witness in corruption trial Spain's National Court says Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will be called as a witness in the trial of some 40 people involved in an alleged kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The court said Tuesday that Rajoy would testify in his role as party secretary-general between 2003 and 2004 when the alleged illegal financing scheme was still operating.

It is not clear if Rajoy must testify in person or in written form. A date for his testimony has yet to be set.

On trial are former party treasurers and mid-ranking officials as well as business representatives.

Accused longtime party treasurer Luis Barcenas says there was always a scheme of illegal contributions to the party and that top officials were aware.

Rajoy and the PP deny any senior party officials were involved in any cases of alleged corruption. The party says only a tiny number of its politicians are corrupt and that it is tackling the problem.

The complex, multi-stranded trial has already seen prison sentences handed down to three businessmen in February for their roles in a kickback scheme. The trial is ongoing.
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