SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has become embroiled in an alleged blackmail scandal that could topple his government.
The Popular Party (PP) leader has been dragged into a corruption case roaring through the Spanish courts.
Now it has emerged he may have asked his former right hand man and ex-party treasurer Luis Bárcenas to stop him from being blackmailed.
According to Spanish reports, Mr Rajoy’s colleague was dispatched to stop an audio containing damaging information about him being released.
Spanish businessman Ignacio González has been remanded in custody in Spain after the Central Operative Unit (UCO) of the Spanish guard became involved in the case.
In a recording released to El Espanol a man, which the paper says is González, claims Prime Minister Rajoy has been behind a plan to “kill” him and that a damaging tape exists.
While it is not clear what the allegations within the tape are, it has been alleged that businessman Julio Ariza, the head of Intereconomics Group, was trying to sell the tape before Rajoy’s advisor stepped in.