Jose Antonio Grinan, a former head of Andalusia’s regional government, arrives at the courthouse in Seville for sentencing [Cristina Quicler/AFP]

Madrid, Spain – Spain’s Socialist party has become embroiled in one of the biggest corruption cases in the country’s history, which could yet damage the acting government’s ability to return to power.

Two former Socialist ministers were among 19 leading party officials who were convicted by a court of distributing 680 million euro ($750m) in public funds to other party officials and related persons, despite the money being earmarked to help the unemployed and companies in difficulty in Andalusia, one of Spain’s poorest regions.


Manuel Chaves and Jose Antonio Grinan, two former presidents of Andalusia, were among those convicted. Both men also

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