Top of­fi­cials in one of Spain’s big­gest cor­rup­tion tri­als

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US em­bassies in Ja­maica and Haiti closed due to the storm. At the US naval base in Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba – lo­cated along Matthew’s pre­dicted path – of­fi­cials is­sued a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­der for all non-es­sen­tial per­son­nel and fam­ily mem­bers. The 61 re­main­ing in­mates in the prison are safe, US mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict the hur­ri­cane could hit the US East Coast around mid­week. Florida and parts of North Carolina have de­clared states of emer­gency. – SPAIN’S rul­ing Pop­u­lar Party will come un­der in­tense scru­tiny as some of its for­mer law­mak­ers and high-rank­ing of­fi­cials stand trial in one of the coun­try’s big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dals.

Kick­backs, fake in­voices and Swiss bank ac­counts: The juicy de­tails of the so-called Gur­tel af­fair – which al­legedly saw PP politi­cians across the coun­try re­ceive bribes – are well known by Spa­niards who have be­come all too used to cor­rup­tion in pol­i­tics.

But this time, Span­ish me­dia have billed it as the “trial of the year” as three for­mer party trea­sur­ers are among the 37 de­fen­dants – in­clud­ing Luis Barce­nas, who stashed tens of mil­lions away in Switzer­land.

What makes the case all the more in­trigu­ing is that the PP it­self has been called to the stand for al­legedly ben­e­fit­ting from funds ob­tained il­le­gally by law­mak­ers.

But un­like the de­fen­dants, the party as a whole faces no crim­i­nal charges and may merely be asked to pay the money back.

The case has been given the co­de­name Gur­tel, the Ger­man trans­la­tion of “belt”, or cor­rea in Span­ish – the sur­name of the man who al­legedly led the sprawl­ing cor­rup­tion net­work.

Fran­cisco Cor­rea, a busi­ness­man who liked to be called “Don Vito” in ref­er­ence to the mob boss played by Mar­lon Brando in The God­fa­ther, is ac­cused of hav­ing show­ered PP law­mak­ers with bribes be­tween 1999 and 2005. –

Photo: AFP

Clouds cover the moun­tains of Pe­tion Ville as rain falls on the Haitian cap­i­tal of Port-au-Prince on Oc­to­ber 3.

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