Saturday, July 31

The Court of Auditors provisionally fixes the expenses of the ‘procés’ abroad at 5.4 million euros




The Court of Auditors has initially set the initial accounting responsibility at 5,422,879.48 euros that is claimed from the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont, who is in Brussels, the former president Artur Mas, the pardoned Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva and Jordi Turull and 37 other regional ex-officers for the alleged diversion of funds
for the spending of the ‘procés’ abroad, including the ‘Catalan embassies’ and Diplocat, according to the liquidation act.

According to this document, Ep points out, of this total amount 5,151,156 euros correspond to the principal and 271,723.48 euros to interests previously and provisionally calculated from March 28, 2019, date of approval by the Plenary session of the Court of Auditors of the inspection report, until the date of the liquidation act set for this Tuesday.

Those affected are claimed individual quantities, although all of them must respond to the total in solidarity. All of them will be added to the 4.1 million euros that the accounting court’s instruction calculated that the illegal referendum of October 1, 2017 cost and that were already consigned by people from the pro-independence environment, thanks to the solidarity fund of Òmnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).

During today’s process, the lawyers of those affected have been given a document of 504 pages and 3 hours to read, after which each of them will have about 10 minutes to plead ‘in voce’ regardless of how many people they represent, which is branded as an ‘arbitrary procedure’ by any of the defenses.

Junts demands Sánchez to act

This economic process, repairing in the terminology of the Court of Accounts itself, is one of the “stones on the road”, According to the Government, in its pact with the pro-independence parties that started a few days ago with the granting of pardons to the nine prisoners convicted of sedition by the Supreme Court in 2019.

In this context, Jordi Sànchez, pardoned and Secretary General of the Junts, has demanded today the Executive to force the State Attorney to change your criteria in the next phase of the process in the Court of Accounts. Until now, the Lawyers have asked those involved in illegal spending to repair the cost to the public coffers of the Generalitat.

«You cannot take more than 40 people, with the State Lawyers supporting absolutely surreal demands, and I think that malicious and prevaricating, and to say that it is the moment of harmony “, he lamented, and has demanded that the Government rectify, and has also sent a message to the Catalan Government to respond” coherently and urgently “to the bonds.

Catalan Lawyers and Catalan Civil Society

In addition to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, there are two Catalan entities, as a public action, who demand the reparation of the undue spending in the accounts of the Generalitat of Catalonia: Catalan Lawyers for the Constitution and Catalan Civil Society, who also appeared in the case of the expenses for the illegal referendum.

Today’s act at the Court of Accounts do not decide whether or not there is accounting responsibility, rather, a preliminary and provisional pronouncement is made on them. Possible accounting responsibilities will be determined in the corresponding jurisdictional procedure, which will be held later. This Tuesday is a phase prior to a possible jurisdictional procedure: the phase of investigative actions prior to the requirement of accounting responsibilities; that is, in the investigation phase of the procedure.

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