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Spain tax officials search home of ex-IMF head Rato

Members of the Spanish Police stand outside the apartment complex housing the Madrid home of Rodrigo Rato, a former IMF head and ex economy minister, who has been charged in two corruption cases, on April 16, 2015Spanish tax office agents on Thursday searched the Madrid home of former IMF head Rodrigo Rato, who has already been charged in two graft cases, as part of a new money-laundering probe. Spain’s state prosecutor ordered the searches as part of an investigation into suspected money laundering, fraud and asset stripping, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Police escorted Rato, a former economy minister with Spain’s ruling conservative party, out of his apartment building in an upscale neighbourhood in central Madrid after searching his flat for nearly four hours. Rato, a former stalwart of Spain’s ruling Popular Party who has since be expelled from the group, has already been questioned on suspicion of fraud in an ongoing probe into the stock market launch of bailed-out lender Bankia, which he once chaired.

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