Jordi Pujol stripped of titles

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Jordi Pujol stripped of titles

CATALAN ex-president Jordi Pujol has been accused of money laundering and influence tracking in a complaint filed by Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) in a Barcelona court.

This Spanish anti-corruption organisation claims that Pujol embezzled public funds, accepted bribes and falsified official documents. It also lists his wife Marta Ferrusola as an accessory.

This comes just weeks after the ex-President confessed to laundering up to €18 million in Andorran and Swiss accounts to evade taxes.

Pujol, who founded the Catalan political party CDC, was stripped of all titles and privileges, including his pension, personal car and chauffeur and political perks as ex-President.

Pujol’s actions have weakened Catalunya’s independence movement, as its central argument – that Catalunya pays more in taxes to Spain than it receives in benefit – has lost integrity after the money laundering case.

“Saying that Catalonia is stripped of everything by the Spanish state is a fallacy that is beginning to be debunked,” said PP deputy leader Maria Dolores de Cospedal. “Obviously Mr Pujol’s confession helps in that sense.”

Catalunya’s current president Artur Mas was hand-picked by Pujol, though he has distanced himself from the disgraced leader.

The corruption complaint has been officially received by the court but the judge must decide whether to take the case, which can take years in Spanish courts.

 

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  1. It was always thought that although local politicians in Spain were corrupt /Town Halls
    That Nationally the system worked well
    now we find Junta Andalucia being investigated for the loss of millions of EU money
    ( well the EU did rather shovel the money at Spain)
    and old Jordi
    then the Princess

  2. Like bad oil that floats to the top and the cream, so do the bad politicians… up to the Top! No fear to these older folks, with the present Spanish legal system – they will die of old age before the legal Suit and Appeal(s) are heard. Dead don’t worry. If the new King , Rajoy and other politicos/civil servants want to improve confidence in the Spanish Government, let them RENOUNCE all Immunity from Legal Actions against them. Real Honesty stands tall.

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