Monday, January 24

A Belgian company involved in the diversion of funds from the process is investigated for corruption


Raül Romeva during an intervention in Brussels.

Raül Romeva during an intervention in Brussels.
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A Belgian company allegedly involved in the diversion of funds to the process is being investigated in her country of origin for alleged money laundering and corruption, according to the reply sent by the Belgian authorities to the Barcelona judge Carmen García, that instructs a cause for the alleged diversion of funds for the internationalization of the independence process. The magistrate had demanded data on an alleged defense report that the Generalitat commissioned the sSC Services company in July 2015 and for which a little more than 4,000 euros was disbursed. This company, according to the report sent to the Catalan court, has no workers.

The dossier sent to Barcelona by Belgium details that there are two other companies that are linked to SC Services, but that they are old. “The company has not been subject to a control regarding its tax obligations,” he emphasizes. In the Belgian police database, always according to this document, to which you have had access El Periódico de Catalunya, there are files for “money laundering and corruption.” The report also details who its administrators are.

This is one of the investigated contracts that, supposedly, were awarded by hand for purposes that exceed the competences of the Catalan Government and whose total amount is close to one million euros. A dozen charges linked to the so-called “foreign action” of the Generalitat Between 2011 and 2017, among them Raül Romeva, they remain investigated in this case that was opened last year by the head of the Court of Instruction number 18 of Barcelona, ​​Carmen García.

Eleven contracts under suspicion

Of the 11 finger contracts that are being investigated, the one signed with the Belgian company aroused special interest on the part of the gown, since it suspects that this work on European defense policy could be a “cover to steal public money”. Among other things, because it has not been proven, at the moment, that the transfer was used to pay for the report. “The elaboration of the original report is not known, nor its destination, nor its purpose, nor who translated it, where it is and why the money was transferred to an account abroad,” the magistrate details in the order to process the European Investigation Order (EIO), a mechanism for collaboration in criminal matters between countries of the European Union. The togada also asked Belgium for information on the bank account where the Catalan Administration paid 4,132 euros and if there have been other transfers from the Generalitat.

The hiring of the defense report was allegedly plagued by irregularities, says the judge. The Generalitat did not maintain any institutional or formal communication with the company, nor was it interested in its ability to take on a job whose original, it stresses, “has not appeared.” That verification, in his opinion, was left in the hands of the sociologist and writer Salvador Cardús, who acted as an “intermediary” and testified before the police as a witness.


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