Council of Europe bans ex-president from top posts after corruption inquiry

Pedro Agramunt banned from senior roles for 10 years after probe into vote-rigging

A former president of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly will be banned from holding any senior post in the human rights body for 10 years, after a major corruption inquiry into vote-rigging.

The unprecedented punishment has been handed down to the Spanish senator Pedro Agramunt, who has ignored calls to resign. He is backed by Spain’s governing conservative party – itself mired in domestic corruption scandals – to which he belongs.

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