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Ex-PP grandee held over fraud in what the party says is just another 'isolated incident'

Zaplana with police.
Zaplana with police. / EFE
  • Eduardo Zaplana was arrested as part of a money laundering and bribery operation linked to his time at the helm of the Valencia government

The ruling PP party was embroiled in a fresh corruption and fraud scandal this week with the arrest of a former cabinet minister who was also once president of the Valencia regional government and mayor of Benidorm.

Eduardo Zaplana, 62, was arrested as part of a money laundering and bribery operation linked to his time at the helm of the Valencia government. Investigators believe that he was paid money for the awarding of public contracts, including the privatisation of the regional ITV vehicle testing service in 1997. Several other people were also held.

When news of the arrests broke on Tuesday, few within politics seemed surprised and the current PP leadership was quick to distance itself saying it was “an isolated case” that belonged to the party's past. Reports said that Zaplana had been under suspicion for years and some 10 million euros is involved.

Other parties further criticised the PP for the amount of scandals with current and former members. PSOE leader, Pedro Sánchez said this was just “another example”.