The supervisory body has summoned him on June 29 to return money spent on promoting the procs outside in a procedure that will take months

The president of ERC, Oriol Junqueras intervenes through a video recorded at the event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the “Catalan Republic”. EFE / Quique GarciaQuique GarciaEFE

The decision of the Court of Accounts to demand new accounting responsibilities from the leaders of the procs Catalan secessionist complicates the possibility of a pardon for Oriol Junqueras for the Government. The supervisory body issued a new order to also pay for the use of the network of embassies to promote secession, which makes pardons unfeasible in the short term.

The leader of the Republican Left, Oriol Junqueras, is the independentist political figure of greatest interest to the Government of Sanchez, but he is one of those who have been summoned on June 29 by the Court of Accounts to inform them of the amount they must pay for having protected the expenditures in the foreign action of procs. The parliamentary weight of ERC in the Congress of Deputies is vital for the stability of the coalition Government and the Minister of Territorial Policy, Miquel Iceta, defends the solution of the pardon.

However, this new accounting liability procedure against, among others, Junqueras takes time and is relevant for the State Attorney that processes clemency petitions. This institution asked last February that the Supreme Court ask whether the leaders of the procs They are up to date on their obligations to the Court of Accounts. They already were when they consigned 4.1 million for the illegal referendum of 2017, but now another blow is looming over them, and predictably a much greater amount.

The Court of Accounts considers that the former presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas Y Carles Puigdemont, and former Vice President Oriol Junqueras, among others, incurred accounting responsibility by dedicating public funds to promote the procs abroad and they must return the money. Until now they have had the support of the so-called independence solidarity funds, but the millionaire requests of the Court of Accounts accumulate and it has the capacity to make a preventive embargo on those responsible if they do not manage to deposit the money until the final sentence is reached.

Agency sources 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, an order 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 Fernndez and Jordi Turrull i Negre; the Economic Directors Andreu Mas Colell and Oriol Junqueras i Vies; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raul Romeva i Rueda.

This list is completed by up to 36 senior officials of the Generalitat de Catalua, including general secretaries, auditors and delegates in the so-called embassies.

The Court of Auditors does not reveal the millions that those responsible must return and will notify you on June 29. The deployment of foreign action to promote the procs has reached 20 million, according to estimates of the time.

At last the institutions have realized that the procs is a monster that feeds on the money of all Spaniards. Without embezzlement of public funds there are no procedures, he declared to this newspaper Manuel Zunn, representative of Catalan Lawyers for the Constitution, who is represented together with the Catalan Civil Society.


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