Spanish former police inspector in court over ‘sewers of state’ scandal

José Manuel Villarejo is accused of spying on and working to discredit high-profile Spanish figures

A former police inspector accused of spying on and working to discredit some of Spain’s most high-profile politicians and business people has gone on trial to face charges including bribery, forgery, extortion and influence peddling.

José Manuel Villarejo, 70, a former officer in Spain’s national police force, was arrested in 2017 and could face a jail term of 109 years if convicted. He is accused of involvement in a network of corrupt politicians, businesspeople, police officers and media figures known as the “sewers of state”.

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