Monday, August 8

The judge makes Borràs ugly for his “abuse” of the challenge and rejects his last resort before sending her to trial

Laura Borràs only has to wait for her trial for corruption. Judge Carlos Ramos has rejected the last appeal of the president of the Parliament to force his recusal, a request that the magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) considers a “manifest abuse” of the legal figure to separate the robed in case of appreciating a risk of partiality.

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With the denial of Borràs’s last attempt to delay the trial, there are no more resources to elucidate, with which the magistrate already has everything ready to issue the order to open an oral trial against the President of the Parliament for awarding contracts by hand to a friend when he directed the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes (ILC) between 2013 and 2018.

The order to open the trial will transfer Borràs’s suspension as a deputy to the Parlament. The Parliament’s regulations require it to be done in the case of deputies awaiting trial for corruption, but Borràs has advocated directly suppressing the precept of the regulation so that it does not affect him. The opposition, on the other hand, is forced to apply it given that the Prosecutor’s Office is asking for six years in prison for prevarication and false documentation against Borràs.

According to his defense sources, Borràs has not appealed the order for which the instructor left her one step away from trial. Neither have the other two defendants, Isaías H., Borràs’s friend who was awarded 18 ILC contracts, and an acquaintance of the latter, who allegedly was part of the plan to present mendacious offers.

In this way, the order to open an oral trial against Borràs is an imminent procedure whose resolution only depends on Judge Ramos. This Monday the judge has returned the criticism that Borràs poured on him last week, when he accused him of rejecting his recusal in the first instance without following the legally established procedure by having “undue haste” to close the case and send it to trial.

In the order issued this Monday, the judge reminded Borràs that, according to the law, there was no recourse against his decision not to admit the challenge. The magistrate also mentions the doctrine of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that supports inadmissibility of challenges “based on reasons of a general and abstract order or with manifest abuse”, as in his opinion is the one raised by Borràs.

The judge also maintains that his “concern” that the process against Borràs not suffer undue delays “because of fraudulent and/or abusive procedural acts by the parties is absolutely legitimate and cannot be indicative of any spurious interest.”

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