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SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT

Rafael Vera, the titular president of Made, Spain's biggest wind power developer and turbine manufacturer, could be sentenced to life imprisonment for his alleged involvement in a police death squad when he was Secretary of State for Security. Judges claim the former junior minister helped organise the group called GAL which targeted Eta terrorists, but often ensnared innocent bystanders instead. Vera resigned as junior minister last year in the wake of a another major political scandal in Spain involving the ex head of the Civil Guard, Luis Rold‡n, who allegedly siphoned thousands of millions of pesetas in state funds before fleeing the country. Vera was subsequently given the top post at the state-run Made. Political analysts say this latest scandal could topple the government.

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