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Spanish minister resigns amid tax evasion scandal

Thursday, 14 June, 2018 - 15:06

Màxim Huerta, named as the Minister for Culture and Sports by the new Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, resigned on Wednesday, after it was learned that he had established a shell company in order to pay less taxes between 2006 and 2008.

Through this company, the outgoing minister managed to defraud the Spanish treasury of some  218,322 euros between 2006 and 2008, while working as the presenter of well-known television show, according to the Madrid Superior Court of Justice.

The journalist and former minister was sentenced to pay the Tax Agency a total of 365,000 euros, which he finally paid. “I have paid this fine twice: first paying the Treasury, and I pay it now for the second time here, now”, because innocence is not worth anything before this pack,” he added.

The journalist and former minister finally stepped aside after days of pressure from opposition parties demanding his resignation.

The pressure increased after an interview with Pedro Sanchez from 2015 began being shared on social media in which the then opposition leader said that if one of his officials used a shell company to pay less taxes, he would be out of his cabinet the next day.

The 47-year-old journalist, writer and television presenter has thus become shortest serving minister in Spanish history, having served only one week in the job.

In his place, the Government has appointed José Guirao Cabrera as the new Minister of Culture and Sports, a man who has held important positions in the Spanish cultural sphere, including that of deputy director of the Reina Sofía Museum.

 

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