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Vox party funded by Iranian extremist group

TWO parliamentarians from Spain’s far-right Vox party were paid for eight months by donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sources have revealed.

The El Pais newspaper reported that the party — now Spain’s third largest, with 52 MPs — was created in 2013 thanks to a bumper €1million (£845,600) from the NCRI.

In December of that year, Vox received a donation of €1,156  (£977) transferred from abroad by sympathisers of the Iranian group whose armed wing, Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), was deemed by the US to be a terrorist organisation until 2012.

One month later the then Vox secretary-general Santiago Abascal and senior official Espinosa started receiving salaries paid for by the NCRI, invoiced through another company, according to two former party officials.

Another Vox lawmaker, Javier Ortega Smith, turned down the salary.

Vox received nearly €1m between December 2013 and April 2014 which helped fund their 2014 European election campaign, as well as paying the rent on the party headquarters in Madrid.

MEK undertook a lengthy legal battle over its designation as a terrorist group between 2003 and 2014.

Britain removed MEK from its list of proscribed organisations in 2008, followed by Washington in 2012.

This was thanks to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign with large donations to members of Congress and influential officials.


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