POLICE have revealed the three children of ex-Catalan president Jordi Pujol hid a €581 million fortune in various overseas accounts over the past five years.
Jordi, Josep and Oleguer Pujol, Barcelona’s leading business and politics family, have apparently been using a range of global tax havens since 2009.
They stored huge sums particularly in Switzerland, Andorra and Luxembourg, according to information from financial institutions.
The fortune was allegedly amassed by their father during 34 years spent in office receiving reported illegal payments for the awarding of services and contracts.
However, Pujol denied all allegations of corruption before the Catalan parliament this week.
He claimed the fortune came from his late father Florenci Pujol, who deposited 140 million pesetas in international accounts in foreign currency, which increased in value over the years.
“Having money abroad can be criticised, highly criticised, but it does not mean that its origin is illegal,” said Pujol, 84.
“I have never received anything, I repeat, never, beyond my salary as premier.”