The worldwide "Panama Papers" scandal claimed a fresh political victim Friday as Spain's industry minister resigned over allegations he had links to offshore companies.
Jose Manuel Soria said he had tendered his resignation "in light of the succession of mistakes committed along the past few days James Van Riemsdyk Youth Jersey , relating to my explanations over my business activities... and considering the obvious harm that this situation is doing to the Spanish government."
Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism Jose Manuel Soria attending the inauguration of the FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, on Jan 28, 2015. (Photo: AFPPedro Armestre)
Soria's troubles began on Monday when Spanish online daily El Confidencial, which has had access to the Panama Papers - millions of files leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca - said he was an administrator of an offshore firm in 1992.
Soria called a news conference to deny any link to the company, but as the week went by Nikita Zaitsev Youth Jersey , more allegations emerged from other media outlets, revealing further alleged connections to offshore havens.
It is unclear as yet whether any of his alleged actions were illegal.
Later, in a television interview, Soria said that the events in question had occurred more than 20 years ago and "I don't remember exactly what happened." "I have done absolutely nothing illegal," he insisted.
Economy Minister Luis de Guindos was later named as his successor in the industry post.
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Soria is the latest political victim of the Panama Papers leak, which revealed how the world's wealthy stashed assets in offshore companies Patrick Marleau Youth Jersey , and which the law firm blamed on a computer hack.
Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was also forced to resign over the leaks. In his statement, Soria said politics "is an activity that must always be exemplary, also where ... explanations are concerned."
"When that doesn't happen, one must assume one's responsibilities," he added, in an indication that he was resigning due to how he had handled the revelations rather than over any irregularities. He said he was resigning immediately from all political activity.
The initial revelations showed that Soria's name appeared alongside his brother's as administrator of a company based in the Bahamas created through Panama-based Mossack Fonseca.
He denied any links to that firm Zach Hyman Youth Jersey , saying he had told Spanish prosecutors to clear his name with the Panamanian authorities.
But other media revealed that Soria had links to another company based in the offshore haven of Jersey until 2002, when he was mayor of Las Palmas in Spain's Canary Islands.
In his statement, Soria blamed his contradictory explanations over the week on "the lack of accurate information about facts that happened more than 20 years ago."
Soria's resignation deals another blow to Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party (PP) government, which has been ruling Spain in a caretaker capacity as political groupings try - and have so far failed - to reach an agreement on a coalition government after inconclusive December elections.
The conservative PP, in power since 2011, has been shaken by corruption scandal after corruption scandal.
And while there is as yet no indication of any irregularities where Soria is concerned Ron Hainsey Youth Jersey , the revelations are likely to embarrass the party, particularly as the country gears up for fresh elections due to the failure to reach any coalition agreement.
His is the second scandal-triggered resignation to hit the PP since it came to power in December 2011. In November 2014, then health minister Ana Mato was forced to step down over corruption investigations.
Soria said he would abandon all political activities from Friday.
BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Lawyers claimed on Thursday to have found errors during a rough review of a 1994 rape-murder case concerning Nie Shubin, who was executed 20 years ago.
Li Shuting, an attorneys for Nie's families Nazem Kadri Youth Jersey , told Xinhua that he found several "evident errors" while duplicating Nie's case files, most of which involve legal procedure.
"I was astonished. The errors are so obvious that we can see them just at a glance," Li said.
For instance, Nie was executed on April 27, 1995, but the signature on his petition for appeal was inscribed on May 13 Auston Matthews Youth Jersey , which is patently impossible. He also said the handwriting appears different from Nie's.
Nie was executed in 1995 at the age of 21 for the rape and murder of a woman in Hebei's provincial capital, Shijiazhuang. The case reemerged when another man, Wang Shujin, insisted that he was guilty and Nie innocent.
Wang, 48, was apprehended by police in 2005 for three unconnected rape and murder cases Mitchell Marner Youth Jersey , and confessed to a rape and murder with the same facts as in Nie's case. Hebei Higher People's Court, which approved the death penalty for Nie in 1995, rejected Wang's request for a retrial in 2013 and still believes Nie is the murderer.
Judicial impartiality has been openly questioned recently in China and in December, the Supreme People's Court ordered the Shandong Higher People's Court to review the case.
"We will go over the court files and submit our opinion as soon as possible," Li said.
The Shandong court will reopen the trial if it is concluded that the case was wrongly judged.
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