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Thursday September 20, 2012

Spanish Mayor Arrested on Money Laundering, Corruption Charges

Spanish Mayor Arrested on Money Laundering, Corruption Charges

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The Socialist mayor of this northwestern Spanish city, Francisco Rodriguez, was arrested Thursday on corruption charges.

The leader of the Socialist Party in the Galicia region, Pachi Vazquez, told reporters he fully trusts in the justice system and in the innocence of the Orense mayor and that he wants to see the matter resolved as quickly as possible.

Rodriguez is accused of influence-peddling, fraudulent conveyance and laundering assets, sources close to the investigation told Efe.

The mayor’s arrest was ordered by investigating magistrate Estela San Jose, who directed the “Operation Champion” corruption probe that toppled Jose Blanco, deputy national leader of the Socialists and a Cabinet member in the 2004-2011 government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Thursday’s arrest of a municipal official in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia’s capital, was apparently connected to the case against Mayor Rodriguez, officials told Efe.

Galicia, currently governed by the conservative Popular Party, will hold regional elections on Oct. 21.

The PP is also in power at the national level.