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Spain: Alhambra palace director resigns amid investigation

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The director of the board of trustees of Spain's Alhambra palace has resigned amid an investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds at the nation's top tourist site.


   Alhambra director Maria del Mar Villafranca told reporters Tuesday she is innocent but felt she needed to step down two weeks after being detained and questioned by authorities.


   Spain's Interior Ministry has said Villafranca and four other Alhambra board officials are suspected of misappropriating public money assigned for contracting visitor audio guide systems for the palace on the outskirts of the southern city of Granada.


   Considered a gem of Muslim architecture, the Alhambra is a UNESCO world heritage site and Spain's most-visited tourist attraction.

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