15 business days to pay 5.4 million euros of deposit. This is the deadline that the Court of Auditors has agreed to give this Wednesday to the 34 former leaders and officials of the Generalitat in the case for the external expenses of the procés. The supervisory body has reached this conclusion after two sessions in which it has heard the allegations of the defendants and has rejected almost all of them, setting the bail at 5,422,411.10 euros compared to the 5,422,879.48 communicated this Tuesday. Just 400 euros of difference.
Now the exalted positions, among which are the former presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont, the former vice-president Oriol Junqueras and the former councilors Andreu Mas-Colell, Francesc and Raül Romeva will have a period of 15 working days from the moment they receive the final version. of the provisional liquidation act to deposit the required bonds. If you do not pay the money, your assets will be seized. The defenses may ask for more time to post the bond.
The former Minister of the Presidency of the Generalitat and one of the defendants and lawyers in the case, Francesc Homs, has reproached in statements to the press upon leaving the court that the investigator of the procedure has not considered his allegations and has criticized that the intervention of The Prosecutor’s Office in the act of this Wednesday has been of a “political nature” and has not provided technical allegations in favor or against the act presented by the investigator.
The new cause of the Court of Accounts is added to the one that is pending trial for the expenses incurred in Catalonia for the 1-O referendum, for which Puigdemont himself, his former councilors and a dozen high-ranking officials and officials have already paid in January 2020 a deposit of 4.1 million euros. The procedure relating to international expenditures covers almost a decade of the Generalitat’s foreign action, which according to the Court of Auditors exceeded the powers that all autonomous communities have by dedicating funds to “promoting the sovereign process.”