Spain interior minister ‘should quit’ over secret tapes (BBC News)
Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz is facing a political storm after leaked tapes appeared to show him trying to incriminate political rivals.
The tapes, which allegedly date from 2014, were published on the Publico website (in Spanish) four days before Sunday’s general election.
Opposition party leaders have called on him to resign in light of the claims.
But Mr Fernandez Diaz called the tapes “biased, out of context and edited”.
“To accuse me of conspiring to commit a crime is an insult and slander and stupid,” he said, according to El Pais daily (in Spanish).
Spaniards return to the polls for the second time in six months on Sunday, after December’s election failed to produce a government.
The government of Mariano Rajoy, leader of the centre-right Popular Party (PP), remains in place in a caretaker role.
In the transcript published by Publico, Mr Fernandez Diaz is apparently heard in conversation with Daniel de Alfonso, head of the anti-fraud office in Catalonia.
Separatist parties in the north-eastern region have been pushing for independence in defiance of the national government in Madrid.
The two men are said to have discussed possible investigations that could be launched against pro-independence politicians or their relatives, although Mr Alfonso warns that the cases are “weak”.
The tapes sparked immediate calls to resign from opposition leaders.
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