Spain: Interior minister defends meeting with probed ex-IMF chief, cites security concerns

August 14, 2015 10:23 AM

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MADRID – Spain's interior minister says he met with former International Money Fund chief Rodrigo Rato only to discuss security concerns after Rato — who is suspected of fraud and money-laundering — received threats, primarily on social media.

Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told a parliamentary commission Friday he did not discuss Rato's case with him during the meeting at the ministry on July 29 that was revealed only after the El Mundo newspaper found out about it and published a story.

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