Spanish court summons PM Sanchez’s wife over allegations of corruption

MADRID – A Madrid Court has summoned Begona Gómez, the wife of Spain’s prime minister, on July 5, to appear in front of a judge over allegations of corrupt practices and influence peddling, which prompted Pedro Sanchez, premier of Spain, to consider resigning from office in April.

The investigation court announced on Tuesday that the request was part of an initial inquiry to determine whether she used her position in order to influence business deals.

Sanchez announced in late April that he would stay in office after taking a five-day break from his duties to consider resigning in the wake of a court investigation into his wife. He said it was illegitimate and orchestrated right-wing opponents.

The investigating judge overruled the appeal of the Madrid prosecutor to throw out the case for lack evidence.

On several occasions, the opposition has demanded Sanchez’s resignation, who is leading Spain’s leftist minority coalition government.

Manos Limpias or Clean Hands is an anti-corruption group headed by Miguel Bernad. He was a lawyer, politician and candidate for a party on the far right in European elections.

Manos Limpias claimed that Begona Gómez, as the wife to the Prime Minister, used her influence to get sponsors for the master’s course she was running at the university.

Gomez is yet to make any public comments since the court began the investigation late in April.

This case has had international repercussions. Spain resigned its ambassador from Buenos Aires last month after Argentina’s president Javier Milei referred to Gomez as ‘corrupted’ at a far-right gathering in Madrid.

The ambassador of Argentina in Madrid has remained.

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