surinenglish

Ex PP high-flyer who "faked degree" could get three years

Cristina Cifuentes.
Cristina Cifuentes. / EFE
  • Cristina Cifuentes, who had been tipped as a possible future PP leader, resigned as president of the Madrid regional government last year

Prosecutors have finished their investigation into alleged fraud and corruption, linked to a Masters degree studied by a top politician, that rocked the Partido Popular (PP) last year.

Cristina Cifuentes, who had been tipped as a possible future PP leader but who resigned as president of the Madrid regional government, could face a prison sentence of three years if the prosecution's request is agreed to in an upcoming trial.

Also appearing on trial with Cifuentes will be her assistant who supposedly pressurised a department of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos into altering transcripts for the postgraduate course in Public Law to make it look like Cifuentes had finished the course. The prosecution will say she had missed modules and lied publicly about submitting her dissertation. The head of the Masters and a teacher could also both face a prison sentence.

The original investigation had been broader, but in the end the trial will focus on the Cifuentes case alone. Cristina Cifuentes left front-line politics last year when an old video was leaked showing a supposed incident involving the shoplifting of face cream.