Compromís presented two complaints to the Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday for the alleged irregular financing by the Popular Party of the province of Alicante in the background. Both complaints are part of the transfer between 2007 and 2018 of 926,791 euros from the political group of the PP in the Diputación de Alicante to the accounts of the provincial party.
The first of the complaints refers to the period 2007-2015 in which Compromís insists that 480,000 euros of public money were entered into the party for the day-to-day work of the deputies as public managers. The coalition regretted that there is no accounting for that period that proves the final destination of these revenues, and focuses on two movements worth 65,000 euros that occurred on the last day of José Joaquín Ripoll as president of the Provincial Council in which the political group accounts. The coalition believes that there could be a crime of embezzlement.
The second complaint is linked to the income made between 2015 and 2018 for a value of 447,791 euros, during the presidency of César Sánchez. In the current mandate, Compromís tried to access the accounts of the PP group: “The current president of the Diputación and former vice president with José Joaquín Ripoll, Carlos Mazón, has prevented it in plenary sessions with the support of Citizens”, according to the spokesman , Gerard Fullana. In this complaint, Compromís opens criminal proceedings for an alleged crime of documentary falsification allegedly committed by the vice president of the Provincial Council and mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, whom the coalition accuses of falsifying the certificates of the final destination of the money. “Despite all the threats and pressure from the PP these weeks, it is our obligation to go to court,” said Fullana.
For his part, the spokesman for the Popular Party in the Alicante Provincial Council, Eduardo Dolón, regretted that the Compromís group «once again seeks headlines, using Justice as an escape valve for its lack of proposals and measures. Fullana only knows how to prosecute political life in the absence of arguments to defend the hospitality industry and help our freelancers and SMEs, so affected by the pandemic.
Dolón explained that the fact that Fullana announces that he is going to take the PP to the Prosecutor’s Office is nothing new: “He always resorts to this strategy of prosecution against the PP when he lacks political weapons and proposals. Yesterday they did not vote in favor of approving 24 million grants for hoteliers, SMEs and micro-SMEs and today it is clear that they wanted to divert the issue rather than give explanations on why they are not on the side of the hoteliers. Eduardo Dolón explained that «the PP has already said, in relation to group assignments, that the Court of Accounts was the one who supervised them and that as of 2013 a regulation was approved that the groups that were in the Provincial Council complied in accordance with the normative. We have already said it many times. Eduardo Dolón considered the public appearance of Fullana “a vendetta because we have put on the table the irregularities of his advisor”, adding that “the image that Compromís is giving shows his radical Catalanist strategy typical of the CUP.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.