17:00 – 14/10/2021
The Court of Auditors on Thursday rejected the guarantees provided by the Generalitat and presented by 28 of the 34 former officials of the Govern investigated for alleged illegal foreign policy expenditures related to the procs. This translates into the precautionary seizure of assets to cover the amount of the bail, which totals 5.4 million euros, for positions such as former presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont, and former councilors Andreu Mas-Colell, Oriol Junqueras and Ral Romeva , among others.
The examining delegate decided not to accept the guarantees guaranteed with public funds issued by the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF), “by not protecting malicious conduct or marked by acts carried out with negligence or gross negligence”, which will occur if accounting liability is declared against them.
The rejected guarantees were created by the Catalan Minister of Economy, Jaume Gir, who plans to convey them through a financial institution, but which was finally processed through the public company ICF as he was unable to convince any bank to exercise this role.
However, Gir affirmed that the decision of the Court of Accounts has been “political”, and that the Generalitat file an appeal for the Court of Accounts to legally argue this rejection, at the same time as initiating a new round of contacts with financial institutions to try get the guarantees, despite being out of time.
Gir considered that the Court of Auditors does not follow a legal criterion but rather one of “revenge”, because the guarantees have the favorable report of the Council of Statutory Guarantees and the State Attorney did not appeal to the Constitutional Court (TC), informed Ep.
Also this Thursday, the Court of Auditors dismissed the appeals presented by the former officials of the Govern of the Generalitat de Catalua against the settlement act in which the joint and several bond of 5.4 million euros was set, and against the decision of the examiner to ask the State Attorney about the suitability of the guarantees presented. The State Attorney declined to inform in this regard, arguing that it was a party to the procedure.