The Court of Accounts demands that Mas, Puigdemont and Junqueras return the money dedicated to promoting the process outside of Spain

It cites the three leaders and 33 other high-ranking officials under threat of embargo after considering the public money dedicated to Diplocat to be irregular

Artur Mas, Oriol Junqueras and Carles Puigdemont, in 2017.ANTONIO MORENO

The Court of Auditors considers that the former presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont and the former vice president Oriol Junqueras, among others, incurred accounting responsibility by dedicating public funds to promote the procs abroad and must return the money. Sources of the agency confirm that “the investigation of the facts that are collected in the opinions of the State Attorney and the Public Prosecutor regarding the Audit Report of the resources allocated by the Generalitat of Catalonia to foreign action has ended”. Therefore, “a Ruling has been issued to summon the presumed accountants, including: the presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas Gavarr and Carles Puigdemont i Casamaj; the Presidency Councilors Francesc Homs i Molins, Neus Munt i Fernandez and Jordi Turrull i Negre; the Economic Counselors Andreu Mas Colell and Oriol Junqueras i Vies the Counselor for Foreign Affairs / Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency (DAERIT), Raul Romeva i Rueda “.

This list is completed by up to 36 senior officials of the Generalitat de Catalua, including general secretaries, auditors and “the Delegates of the Generalitat de Catalua in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Geneva, Poland, the United States, Italy, Denmark, Portugal , Croatia, Austria and before the European Union “

The Court of Accounts does not disclose the millions that must be returned by those responsible who have already had to pay a fortune for the illegal consultations in 2014 and 2017, although they have been supported by the independence collections. The deployment of foreign action to promote the procs has reached 20 million, according to estimates of the time.

The audience for those responsible was set on June 29 of this year and “the legal representatives of the Generalitat de Catalua, the Council of Public Diplomacy of Catalonia (Diplocat), the companies” Catalan Lawyers for the Constitution have also been summoned. “and” Catalan Civil Society, Civic and Cultural Association “, to the State Attorney before the Court of Accounts and to the Public Prosecutor for the practice of Provisional Liquidation”.

This liquidation, which triggers the preventive embargo of those responsible if they do not deposit the money until the case is closed, is complementary to the one carried out in January 2020 by the illegal referendum of 2017. Then, Puigdemont and his government were forced to deposit 4.1 million.

The Court of Auditors acts outside the criminal law as a guarantor that if public funds are misused, they must be returned to the treasury by those responsible.

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