The examining delegate of the Court of Accounts Esperanza García Moreno has rejected this Thursday the guarantees provided by the Institut Català de Finances (ICF), a public financial entity dependent on the Generalitat de Catalunya, to 28 former leaders and officials prosecuted for the external expenses of the procés for cover the guarantees for a value of 5.4 million euros that the supervisory body imposed on them as a previous step to their accounting prosecution. Consequently, the Court of Auditors confirms in a statement that “the seizure of the assets and rights” of these people is proceeding, among whom are former Presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont, as well as former Vice President Oriol Junqueras.
The Court of Auditors doubts the Government’s endorsement of those indicted for the process and requests a report from the State Attorney
As has advanced The world, the instructor has decided not to admit that it is the Generalitat through the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) that presents guarantees guaranteed with public funds “by not protecting malicious conduct or marked by acts carried out with negligence or gross negligence”.
Of the 34 exalted charges to which the Court of Auditors demanded a joint guarantee of 5.4 million euros, six ruled out resorting to the fund created by the Government and chose to try to pay the amounts claimed or insure them by presenting real estate as personal guarantee. In anticipation that the Court of Auditors would reject the ICF’s endorsement, the defenses of the defendant ex-leaders have worked in recent months on a plan B that involves presenting assets and assets of each defendant as surety, in addition to appealing the eventual embargo.
Last September, the State Bar refused to rule on the legality of these guarantees, considering that a ruling on the coverage of the ICF to cover this guarantee was “not appropriate” because it is “part” of the procedure in the Court of Accounts. According to the General State Attorney, in these preliminary actions “the principles of impartiality and objectivity must be observed, as well as the principles of contradiction and equality between the parties that must necessarily be respected in administrative procedures and actions.”