Corruption trial linked to papal visit6 September 2012
Four Spanish TV executives are awaiting trial accused of rigging lucrative contracts during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Valencia in 2006.
The accused, ex-employees of the RTVV regional public broadcaster, allegedly took kickbacks for allowing contractors to overcharge for the open-air coverage of Pope Benedict's visit to the city during the Fifth World Meeting of Families. Prosecutors believe more than 3 million euros (2.3m) was netted by the scam.
The upcoming trial of the men, who include RTVV's former Director General, comes as the Spanish region reels from a string of corruption cases, as well as a burst property bubble that has sent private and public debt soaring and left more than 27 per cent of Valencians out of work.
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