By Jason Moore

THE former Speaker of the Balearic Parliament and leader of the Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar, was desperately trying to raise 350'000 euros yesterday after a Palma judge set bail at that figure. If she is unable to raise this sum by noon today then she will be sent to prison.

Munar, who appeared in court on Wednesday charged with mis-using public funds and electoral fraud has also had her passport withdrawn. The bail demand is the largest so far in the cases of alleged political corruption. Over the last few months senior members of the previous administration have been charged with fraud and mis-using public funds.

The former speaker of the Balearic parliament has said that she is innocent and will fight to clear her name.
Munar, who has enjoyed a long political career, resigned as Speaker of the Balearic parliament last month after a former political ally, Miguel Nadal, said that she had given him 300'000 euros in cash to buy a stake in a TV production company which is now at the centre of a police probe into the mis-use of public funds. It is alleged that more than four million euros was channelled through the TV company into the pockets of Munar and others.