Luis Barcenas, former treasurer for Mariano Rajoy's PP party, testified before Judge Pablo Ruz at Spain's highest corruption court and claimed that in March 2010 Mariano Rajoy and the party's current general secretary Mar��a Dolores Cospedal both received 25.000 euros as "bonuses" provided by the party's alleged slush fund, according to sources. The same sources added that the accused personally handed them the money in 500 euro bills kept inside brown envelopes.
Barcenas went on to reveal that he had managed the party's secret accounts since he began working as treasurer in 1991, inheriting a system established by Rosendo Naseiro, his predecessor.
The money, according to Barcenas, all came from donations that were not reflected in the party's official accounts seeing as the exceeded legal limits, adding that party directors were the ones in charge of choosing who received payments.
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