Anti-corruption leader facing extortion charges

Several offices were searched by police on Friday as part of an ongoing judicial investigation that is likely to see more arrests

Miguel Bernad, head of Manos Limpias is excorted by Guardia Civil officers after being arrested. He and Ausbanc's Luis Pineda were remanded in custody on Monday

By Dave Jamieson

The head of a group whose actions led to King Felipe’s sister standing trial for tax fraud has been arrested on suspicion of extortion.

Miguel Bernad of the right-wing organisation Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) was detained on Friday along with Luis Pineda, the president of the Association of Bank Users, Ausbanc. A further three suspects were detained on Saturday.

Bernad and Pineda are suspected of a number of offences including extortion, fraud, money laundering and criminal association. They are alleged to have demanded cash from a number of individuals and organisations in return for withdrawing legal action against them.

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