Spain's health minister resigns over corruption scandal

(AGI) Madrid, Nov 26 - Spain's Health Minister Anna Mato hasresigned over a corruption scandal in the ruling People'sParty. According to Ms Mato, the judge dealing with the Gurtelcorruption inquiry, Pablo Ruz, has accused her of beinginvolved in crimes of which her former husband, the formerMayor of Pozuelo de Alarcon (Madrid), stands accused. FormerInterior Minister Angel Acebes has been acquitted. Forty-threepeople have been indicted, including three People's Partytreasurers (Alvaro Lapuerta, Angel Sanchis and Luis Barcenas),a former senator and several local politicians. Ms Mato was thetarget of fierce criticism in October

(AGI) Madrid, Nov 26 - Spain's Health Minister Anna Mato hasresigned over a corruption scandal in the ruling People'sParty. According to Ms Mato, the judge dealing with the Gurtelcorruption inquiry, Pablo Ruz, has accused her of beinginvolved in crimes of which her former husband, the formerMayor of Pozuelo de Alarcon (Madrid), stands accused. FormerInterior Minister Angel Acebes has been acquitted. Forty-threepeople have been indicted, including three People's Partytreasurers (Alvaro Lapuerta, Angel Sanchis and Luis Barcenas),a former senator and several local politicians. Ms Mato was thetarget of fierce criticism in October over her handling of theEbola emergency after a Spanish health worker became infectedwith the virus. She was still married to Sepulveda at the timeof the alleged crimes (1999-2005). According to Judge Ruz, shestood to benefit, either singly or along with other members ofher family, from gifts such as rail and air tickets, hotelstays and luxury goods. Only one citation for civil liabilityhas currently been issued to Ms Mato. The judge believesSepulveda was involved in an organisation that gave kick-backsto high-ranking municipal and regional officials in return forpublic tenders. . .