Spanish Ruling Party Fined in Major Corruption Case
By The Associated Press
The conviction of more than two dozen Spanish businesspeople and officials in a major corruption scandal triggered political turmoil Thursday after the court ruled that the country's governing party benefited from the biggest kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in four decades of democratic rule.
The National Court's decision is a significant blow for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party, which was fined 245,000 euros (US$ 287,000) over the illegal scheme that was in place between 1999 and 2005. It is the first such conviction for a Spanish political party.