Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived in court on Wednesday as a witness in the ''Gurtel'' corruption trial. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appeared at the court of San Fernando de Henares on the outskirts of Madrid on Wednesday (July 26) where he was present as a witness in a long-running graft trial that has rocked his conservative People's Party (PP) and hurt him at the ballot box. Rajoy is the first sitting premier in Spain to be called to court as a witness. The trial centres on graft allegations involving businesses and small city councils, but it has tainted the PP and led to allegations of a slush fund within the party. Known in Spanish as the "Gurtel" case, after the nickname of supposed mastermind and businessman Francisco Correa, the probe ended up reaching several former high-ranking PP members. Rajoy testified in court on Wednesday, denying any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his party and saying he had not taken any illicit payments.