THE Political Secretary for Podemos has been provisionally suspended without pay from the University of Malaga (UMA) which has launched disciplinary proceedings against him.
Inigo Errejon is being investigated over compliance with his work contract with the university along which states that he was to work 40 hours per week at the Malaga campus with a monthly salary of €1,825.
The politician was allowed to continue working on the housing research project – partly funded by the Junta – he was undertaking by Alberto Montero, the project’s director and a fellow Podemos member.
However the UMA has also opened disciplinary proceedings against Montero although he has not been suspended without pay.
Errejon has 10 days to argue his case which hangs on a technicality as Montero argued in a hearing in November.
He confirmed giving verbal permission for Errejon to pursue his research in Madrid as it had a wealth of ‘literature sources and statistics’ and modern ‘telecommunication made his work feasible’ despite the distance.
Junta President Susana made assurances that Errejon would be subject to ‘the same yardstick’ as all other politicians regarding the use of public funds.
“If inconsistencies are found he will have to pay back the money like any other entity in a similar situation,” affirmed Diaz.