Friday, December 8

Jordi Pujol, hospitalized due to a stroke

The former president of the Generalitat Jordi Pujol was admitted to the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona on Monday after suffering a mild stroke, according to Catalunya Ràdio and confirmed by sources close to the former nationalist leader.

The same sources have explained that throughout this afternoon Pujol has been subjected to several tests and they have trusted that he will be discharged this same Tuesday.

The last public appearance of Pujol, who is 92 years old, was on Thursday at the presentation of a documentary about the former president of the Generalitat Josep Tarradellas, and on Saturday he gave an interview on Catalunya Ràdio. “I have done things well done and others that do not leave me satisfied,” he assured.

For a year Pujol has begun to come out of the public ostracism caused by his confession, in July 2014, that he had kept money without paying taxes in Andorra for decades. According to his version, the money came from his father’s inheritance, the so-called “deixa” of grandfather Florenci.

The former president is awaiting trial for the origin of the family fortune, which the Prosecutor’s Office links to corruption during his time at the head of the Generalitat. Anti-corruption requests nine years in prison for the former president, whom the State Attorney does not accuse since his tax crimes are already prescribed. The National Court has not yet set a trial date despite the fact that the defense briefs were presented in October last year.