>> It's the first time a prime minister on Spain has given evidence in a trial. Mariano Rajoy in a Madrid court on Wednesday denying any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his party.>>
> The case is part of an ongoing graft scandal that has tainted his conservative people's party.
His appearance as a witness has come at a delicate time. He no longer has a majority in parliament, and the case has prompted calls for his resignation. Rajoy denied any knowledge of illegal party financing for election campaigns. And said allegations that he'd taken illicit payments were absolutely false.
Opposition party leaders calling Rajoy court time shameful, adding that he has no option but to step down. Among 37 people on trial are several high ranking members of his party, including former party treasurer, Luis Barcenas on charges on organized crime, influence peddling, and tax crimes.