The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has urged the legal services of the Government to appear as a private prosecution in the case being investigated by the National High Court on the alleged illegal financing of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) through the audiovisual production company Triacom .
TV3 paid 31 million euros to a production company investigated by 3%
The National Court already expelled the Generalitat a year ago from the main cause of 3%, which deals with builders’ commissions in exchange for public works, not seeing compatible that the Government exercised the accusation against different charges that were part of the institution , like the former minister and former manager of Convergència Germà Gordó.
Now the Government is once again trying to accuse in a case linked to the 3% of Convergència by order of the president, the Republican Pere Aragonès. Junts, political heirs of the CDC who share the Govern for ERC, have not yet ruled on the president’s decision, which could open a new crisis in the coalition.
In a letter, advanced by The newspaperthe president states that he has had “knowledge through different articles” published in the media of the Triacom case and that, in his opinion, “the investigation would include facts that would affect the interests and the legal sphere” of the Catalan administration .
As revealed by an investigation by elDiario.es, the production company Triacom inflated the price of the programs it invoiced to TV3 by more than 50%. The investigators of the 3% case maintain that the amounts that Catalan television overpaid were later used to issue false invoices issued by companies related to Convergència and its leaders.
Specifically, the investigators are focused on the alleged illegal financing of the CDC through the electoral campaign of Artur Mas in 2010. The investigations begin with the first contracts of 2009 and extend throughout the presidency of Mas, who placed Brauli Duart at the head of the public media company. In that period the overprice with Triacom reached 60%.
The corrupt scheme of the 3% audiovisual would be the same that was already proven by the Justice in the Palau case, in which a businessman confessed that he gave the Palau de la Música false invoices worth 824,299 euros for services that were actually provided to the party in the 2004 general election campaign.