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Thursday May 29, 2014

Spanish Court Sentences Politician to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

Spanish Court Sentences Politician to 8 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

Photo: Rafael Blasco

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A former official in eastern Spain’s Valencia region was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his part in embezzling the better part of 1.8 million euros ($2.45 million) intended for aid projects in Nicaragua.

Rafael Blasco, the former regional minister for Solidarity, also faces a 20-year ban from public office.

Seven other former officials and a businessman have been convicted and sentenced in the case, which revolves around the Valencia regional government’s donation of 1.8 million euros to a foundation working in Nicaragua.

Only 43,000 euros actually went to finance projects in the poor Central American nation.

Blasco, a member of Spain’s governing center-right Popular Party, currently holds a seat in the regional legislature.

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