Sunday, May 28

The Government denies pardon to Millet and Montull, the looters of the Palau de la Música

There will be no pardon for Fèlix Millet and Jordi Montull. The Government has ruled out granting a measure of grace for the two confessed looters of the Palau de la Música, the largest case of contemporary corruption in the history of Catalonia that sentenced the plundering of 23 million euros perpetrated in the auditorium by its two former bosses and the commissions illegal charges that Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) charged.

In two official letters, to which has had access, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, Ana Sánchez, communicates that the Council of Ministers, at its meeting on December 28, agreed not to grant the measure of grace to the two condemned. The documents do not state the reasons for the denial of the pardon, which Millet had requested based on his poor health, while declaring himself “socially reinserted.”

The pardon petition was Millet and Montull’s last attempt to avoid jail, something they failed to do. The request was made in June 2020, after their entry into prison was already impossible to circumvent once the Supreme Court had confirmed the sentence that sentenced them to 9 years and 8 months and 7 and a half years in prison respectively. Montull spent 14 months behind bars and in September of last year the Generalitat granted him the third degree, semi-liberty that Millet has not received.

The denial of pardon is a new chapter in the long history of the Palau case, which broke out in 2009. With the main perpetrators already convicted, including the former treasurer of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) Daniel Osàcar, the case now focuses on the fact that the Palau recovers the money looted by Millet and Montull and that the party founded by Jordi Pujol return the 6.6 million euros that it received through the Ferrovial construction company’s auditorium in exchange for public works.