Friday, August 12

One of the looters of the Palau de la Música hid from the Justice that he was charging a rent

The former administrator and confessed looter of the Palau de la Música, Jordi Montull, has hidden from the Justice that he charges a rent for an apartment after having assured that his income was reduced to a pension of 2,000 euros per month. As it has advanced this Friday The country, the Prosecutor’s Office has asked to investigate Montull for a crime of frustration at the execution for having hidden part of his assets to avoid paying his civil liability in the Palau case.

After more than ten years between the outbreak of the case and the final judgment of the Supreme Court, the return of the looting is the main part that remains to be resolved in the Palau case. Apart from the 6.6 million that the former Convergència has to pay for the illegal commissions it charged – a matter that is pending a conflict between judges – the former heads of the Palau, Fèlix Millet and Jordi Montull, face the return of the looting of 23 million that perpetrated the cultural institution.

On June 22 of last year, the same day he entered prison, Montull proposed to the court to pay the Palau 500 euros a month to return his part of the looting “willingness to serve his sentence and pay his debt to Justice.” He then alleged that, having all his assets seized since the investigation of the case, his only income was his pension of 2,000 euros per month with which he had to “support” his wife, who has no income.

However, the Tax Agency has warned that in Montull’s personal income tax declaration against since 2019 a rent for one of the three flats that it owned 50% in El Masnou and that it has been hidden from the court that executes the sentence in the Palau case. , according to the Treasury.

Montull defense sources deny that this income was hidden precisely because it was declared to the Treasury and it was also communicated to the Palau de la Música in the negotiations to return the looting that ended without an agreement at the end of last year. They also explain that this rent was used to maintain and pay the taxes of the rest of the repossessed properties –which would otherwise have deteriorated before their future sale or auction– and not for daily expenses.

Montull has four properties seized, including his habitual residence in Teià (Barcelona), of which he owns 50% and is valued at 3 million. Its other three properties in the town of El Masnou amount to 658,000 euros, and it also has a mooring in the Olympic port of Barcelona valued at 30,050 euros.

Also under judicial control are all his bank accounts in Spain and abroad, various financial products, a boat valued at 22,000 euros, a boat, a jet ski, a motorcycle, a quad and 108 objects including paintings, watches, televisions, mirrors. and statues that were seized in the registry of his domicile.

The Generalitat granted Montull the third grade last September, which allows him to go to prison only to sleep during the week, after more than a year in second grade.

Of the 23 million in which the Audiencia de Barcelona estimated the looting, the looters of the Palau returned 5.9 million when the case broke out in 2009, in a (successful) attempt to avoid preventive detention by confessing the crime and repairing part of the damage . Throughout the decade that passed until the Supreme Court sentenced the case definitively on April 30, Montull paid another 370,000 euros corresponding to the sale of two apartments of his property, an apartment in Menorca and the apartment on Verdaguer i Callís de Barcelona, ​​next to the Palau de la Música. Recently one of the Masnou houses has been auctioned and the other has been sold.

Montull was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for the crimes of embezzlement, misappropriation, accounting falsification, influence peddling, money laundering and crime against the Public Treasury. Millet was sentenced to 9 years and 8 months for the same crimes. Both used the money from the Palau to pay for trips, works in their houses, ordinary expenses such as tobacco or even the weddings of Millet’s daughters.