" ANTONIO PEREZ " - Spain - 1534
he certainly was well into the dirty political work in spain
Prez, Antonio (nt'nyō pā'reth) [key], b. 1534 or 1539, d. 1611, Spanish politician. Ambitious and unscrupulous, he became secretary to King Philip II and was, with the princesa de boli, a center of court intrigues. In 1578, Juan de Escobedo, secretary to Don John of Austria, then governor of the Netherlands, was assassinated, and the following year Prez was arrested for the murder. What actually happened is a matter of historical speculation, but the most probable train of events is that Perez instigated the murder after Escobedo threatened to reveal Prez's political intrigues (possibly the fact that he was negotiating with the Dutch rebels) to the king. The suspicious Philip was probably told by Prez that Escobedo was plotting treason, and the king almost certainly approved the murder. Prez was prosecuted on various charges until in 1590 he fled to Zaragoza, where he placed himself in the hands of the top authority of his native Aragn, the justiciero. He then openly accused Philip of having ordered Escobedo's murder. The king contested the right of the justiciero to protect him and ordered the Inquisition to claim jurisdiction, accusing Prez of heresy. The case became a struggle between Philip and the people of Aragn, who, jealous of their privileges, sided with Prez and revolted; the rising was ruthlessly suppressed (1591). Prez fled (1591) to France and later England.
source: Antonio Prez Infoplease.com
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