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Chaves becomes second former Junta boss before the ERE judge

Manuel Chaves in Seville.
Manuel Chaves in Seville. / EFE
  • The second former President of the Andalusian regional government to appear in court in a week was in the dock on Monday

The second former President of the Andalusian regional government to appear in court in a week was in the dock on Monday.

Manuel Chaves, 72, led the Junta de Andalucía from 1990 to 2006 and is one of 22 top ex-regional officials on trial for allegedly misusing millions in public funds to pay for illegitimate or inflated subsidies to struggling companies.

Last week Chaves's successor in the role, José Antonio Griñán, was also before the judge in the same trial in Seville, known as the ERE case.

In his grilling this week, Chaves denied any detailed knowledge of what money was being paid out. “There were 150 programmes in the budget and the regional cabinet couldn't discuss each one,” he claimed.

The prosecution is asking for ten years disqualification from office.