Spanish ruling party top member quizzed in court

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Posted: Aug 14, 2013 5:30 AM
Spanish ruling party top member quizzed in court

MADRID (AP) — Police have kept protesters and supporters apart as the secretary general of Spain's ruling Popular Party arrived in court to answer questions about a slush fund allegedly run by the party for decades.

Maria Dolores de Cospedal arrived at the Madrid court Wednesday morning and was greeted with insults and calls for her to be put in jail by a handful of opponents. A similar number of supporters applauded and cheered.

The party has been rocked by allegations from former financial chief Luis Barcenas, who has told the court he ran an off-the-books payment scheme that moved tens of thousands of euros and benefited top party members, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Cospedal is giving testimony but is not a suspect. Rajoy has vigorously denied the allegations.