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Spain’s Supreme Court Chief Resigns Over $35,000 Expense Claims

June 21 (Bloomberg) -- Carlos Divar, the chief justice of Spain’s Supreme Court, resigned after facing accusations that he misused public money.

The court’s governing committee will begin the process of choosing a successor as soon as the resignation is published in Spain’s official gazette, the court said in an e-mailed statement.

Five members of the court called for Divar to step down last week after El Pais newspaper reported he’d used public money to pay for weekend breaks at luxury hotels on the Spanish coast. Divar filed 28,000 euros ($35,000) of expenses claims for 32 trips over four years, El Pais said.

“I am not aware that I have done anything wrong but the situation was unsustainable,” the newspaper cited Divar as saying at an emergency session today of Spain’s judicial council, which Divar also headed. He said he’s been a “victim of a cruel and disproportionate campaign,” the newspaper reported.

Court hearings won’t be affected by the change, the statement said. The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Sills in Madrid at bsills@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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