Monday, September 27

The judge rejects the Franco family’s request to remove the furniture from the Pazo de Meirás in the hands of the State since December

The dispute over the assets that the Pazo de Meirás treasures, the property located in Sada (A Coruña) that after 85 years in the hands of Francisco Franco and his family reverted, by court ruling, to the State in December 2020, will have a new episode next October 22. It is the date set by the head of the Court of First Instance number one of A Coruña for the representatives of the dictator’s grandchildren and all the public administrations in the case to appear before her (State, Xunta de Galicia, Diputación de A Coruña, town councils of Sada and A Coruña) in order to determine “which assets should be considered real estate” and, consequently, cannot be removed from the unique castle of three towers.

The gardens of the Pazo de Meirás open for the first time as public property after more than 80 years in the hands of the Franco

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In that appearance, according to the resolution issued this Friday by Judge Milagritos Belso Sempere, the “incidental issues” promoted by the State and the City Council of Sada are also analyzed, which defend that all 800 assets be preserved together with the property inventoried, under judicial custody, before the building was handed over to the National Heritage. Some demands that collide with the claims of Franco’s descendants who wanted to empty the Pazo de Meirás. A move that they consider legitimate after a resolution of the Provincial Court of A Coruña that considered that although there are no doubts about the ownership of the property, and that it should revert to the State, it revoked the order to also deposit it in the hands of the central administration all furniture and accessories.

The magistrate, however, in the order notified this Friday, denies the appeal of the Francs, eager to carry out the emptying of the pazo as soon as possible, and summons all the parties to appear to resolve the “incidents of execution” of the historic judgment that declared the singular property property of the State. These “incidents” are the ones that will make it possible to determine which elements and goods should remain in the pazo or can be removed by the dictator’s grandchildren. Judge Belso emphasizes that from that appearance of all the parties, it will be possible to determine which furniture, many considered historical, are part of the castle now returned to the public heritage. Against this judicial order, there is no recourse, so the next episode of the long judicial mess that the Pazo de Meirás stars in will take place in a month and a half, with that court appearance.

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