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Ángel Acebes Paniagua
Minister of the Interior
In office
10 July 2002 – 18 April 2004
Preceded byMariano Rajoy
Succeeded byJosé Antonio Alonso
Minister of Justice
In office
27 April 2000 – 10 July 2002
Preceded byMargarita Mariscal de Gante
Succeeded byJosé María Michavila
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
3 March 1996 – 14 June 2011
In office
6 June 1993 – 3 March 1996
Preceded byMariano Rajoy
Succeeded byJuan Antonio Alonso
Mayor of Ávila
In office
6 July 1991 – 16 June 1995
Preceded byMario Galán
Succeeded byDolores Ruiz Ayúcar
Personal details
Ángel Acebes Paniagua

(1958-07-03) 3 July 1958 (age 65)
Pajares de Adaja, Castile and León, Spain
Political partyPeople's Party

Ángel Acebes Paniagua (born 3 July 1958) is a Spanish politician.

Early life and education

Acebes holds a degree in law from the University of Salamanca.

Political career

Acebes has been a member of parliament for the right-wing People's Party since 1996, representing Avila. He played a key role in securing the support of minority parties and so making it possible for the People's Party to form a government.

Acebes served as Minister of Justice from 1999-2002 and Interior Minister from 2002-04. He was Interior Minister - responsible for national security and Police - when the Madrid bombings occurred and was criticised by his opponents for blaming the attacks on ETA, allegedly for electoral gain, rather than on Islamic militants.[1]

Life after politics

In 2012, Spain’s high court accepted a case brought by UPyD against Acebes and several executives at Bankia and its parent BFA, which will seek to examine whether its accounts were misrepresented and investors misled about the lender’s 2011 stock market listing.[2] In October 2014, he had to appear in the High Court over allegations the PP ran a slush fund.[3]

Other activities

  • Iberdrola, Independent Member of the Board of Directors (since 2020)[4]


  1. ^ McLean, Renwick (29 July 2004). "Ex-Official Challenged on Madrid Bomb Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ Miles Johnson (6 July 2012), Rato remains in eye of Bankia storm Financial Times.
  3. ^ Sarah Morris (28 October 2014), Spain's prime minister says sorry for corruption Reuters.
  4. ^ Board of Directors: Composition Iberdrola.

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