The instructor delegate of the Court of Accounts has given two more days to the former senior government officials who are claiming a bond of 5.4 million euros so that they can present the documentation in which 29 of them justify that they provide what is claimed from the Fund secured by the Catalan Finance Institute (CFI) set up by the Generalitat to deal with this file and avoid embargoes, sources close to those affected have told Europa Press. This does not mean that the instructor admits this form of payment, a matter that should be studied.
At the moment they are studying the bonds and real estate that have been deposited with this body by four of the former Government officials who have not availed themselves of this instrument of the Generalitat and who are also accused of the alleged irregular use of public funds for the so-called ‘ Catalan embassies’.
No seizure order has been initiated at the moment, as reported by this body through a statement, despite the fact that at 00.00 hours this Thursday the deadline given for the 34 affected by this file concluded to deposit the aforementioned amount together.
Regarding the fact of the admission or not of endorsement of the Generalitat Fund, which according to the Catalan Minister of Economy, Jaume Giró, will be secured with funds from the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF), the Court of Auditors simply states in its note that “it will be settled when appropriate.”
This Wednesday it became known that the Governing Board of the Institut Català de Finances (ICF) approved to cover the bonds imposed by the Court of Accounts on the independence leaders for the foreign action of the Generalitat carried out between 2011 and 2017. Defense sources of the former officials affected, however, have confirmed to Europa Press that the guarantees under this fund have not yet reached the Court of Auditors, something they hope will happen in the next few hours since several of those affected will take advantage of it.
At this point, the instructor delegate will have to study the certifications that have arrived in relation to the government agreement to endorse the amount of each of those responsible.
Two payments and two guarantees
Two alleged perpetrators have posted the bonds and two others have presented real estate as collateral, they add, without specifying what former senior officials are involved. Among the 34 affected by this file are the former presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas Y Carles Puigdemont and the former vice president Oriol Junqueras.
Likewise, the Court of Auditors has clarified that when the investigating delegate issues a seizure order, this does not mean that, if it occurs after the period stipulated for the guarantee, it will not accept a guarantee or deposits. This means that, after studying them, you can accept them and not finally execute the embargo on those affected by the file.
It adds that both the bonds and the seizures are precautionary measures until there is a final judgment, that is, they do not imply that the affected person loses the assets immediately. Its objective is to guarantee that in a future conviction the damages that have occurred in public funds are reimbursed.
As established by the Law of Operation of the Court of Accounts, if the defenses do not pay the corresponding security, the assets of those involved will be seized until the amounts that are claimed as precautionary are covered.
According to the provisional liquidation act, to which Europa Press has had access, the Court of Auditors claims 34 former charges individual amounts for specific concepts that they approved when they were in their respective positions in the Government.
The largest sum is attributed to the former secretary of Diplocat Albert Royo, who is responsible for 3.6 million; followed by the former inspector of the Generalitat Mireia Vidal, for 3.1 million; the ex-minister of the Presidency Francesc Homs, for 2.9 million; The ex-president Artur Mas for 2.8 million; and the former Minister of Economy Andreu Mas-Colell for 2.7 million.
In the case of Raül Romeva, one of the nine pardoned by the Government, the figure reaches 2.1 million euros; Junqueras -also benefited by the grace measure- has an accounting responsibility of 1.9 million, like Puigdemont.
Although individual amounts are claimed from each, all of them must respond to the total of 5.4 million in solidarity.
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