The Court of Accounts has rejected the guarantees of the Generalitat de Catalunya, presented by 28 of the 34 public officials for the alleged irregular spending in promoting the independence process abroad.
In its order, it considers that these guarantees, presented through the Catalan Institute of Finance, cannot be accepted by interpreting that Catalan legislation itself does not protect irregular actions by public officials executed with full knowledge of the inadmissibility of the expense, or authorized recklessly aware.
The Generalitat rule that regulates public bonding to meet the legal obligations of officials or politicians does not expressly include that cases of fraud or negligence can be endorsed and. For this reason, alluding to a judgment of the Supreme Court and the state law that are clear in this regard, the Court of Accounts understands that these guarantees presented by 28 of the 34 responsible must be rejected.
Puigdemont must also pay
The order establishes that, having “expired with excess”, the term to secure the possible accounting responsibilities, the seizure of their assets proceeds, which must be deposited even if they appeal this resolution.
The remaining six did not resort to this public route to guarantee their responsibility and have been accepted. Unanimously, the three members of the Court of Auditors have also dismissed the appeals filed by the 34 high-ranking charges of the Generalitat against the order that set the amount to be deposited at 5.4 million euros for the expenses in foreign promotion of the independence movement.
It also fails that former president Carles Puigdemont must pay, like the rest, his aliquot part, because his alleged immunity does not influence this economic procedure.