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Gürtel macro-corruption trial sees first prison sentences

  • Eleven of the thirteen accused are found guilty and three receive prison sentences

The first prison sentences have been handed out in the long-running Gürtel corruption trial.

In just one of several sub-trials making up this high-profile case, a court in Valencia found eleven of the thirteen accused guilty. This particular strand of the case relates to corruption in the awarding of contracts for the Valencia regional government's stand at the Fitur travel show between 2005 and 2009.

Scheme mastermind, Francisco Correa, received 13 years, as did Pablo Crespo, Correa's right-hand man. Álvaro Pérez, also know as 'the moustache' was given 12 years.

The overall case relates to corruption in Madrid and Valencia linked to the PP party. Defence lawyers have said that they will appeal.