NEW DELHI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Spain’s envoy in India, Gustavo de Aristegui, has “voluntarily resigned” over corruption allegations, local media reported Tuesday.
The Spanish ambassador’s resignation came in the wake of media reports that he had allegedly received illegal corporate kickbacks from Spanish companies working in developing countries and sent money all the way up to senior Spanish politicians, The Hindu newspaper reported.
According to Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aristegui’s resignation Sunday has been accepted with immediate effect by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
“Spain’s ambassador to India has resigned citing private reasons. He sent in his resignation on Sunday, December 13. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain has decided not to comment on the reasons behind the resignation,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying.