Friday, August 9, 2019 – 01:27
The Pujol operated in Andorra under the alias of ‘Sagrada Familia’
Corruption. The commissions of the Pujol were also used to finance Convergència
The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor denounces before the National Court that the Pujol family has hidden new funds in Andorra through half a dozen bank accounts and requests a new rogatory commission that has just been agreed by Judge José de la Mata to quantify the total volume of the money.
He communicates to De la Mata that the clan has hidden in the Principality through half a dozen accounts “funds other than those already known” whose movement “does not respond to any reason”
Anticorruption denounces that the Pujol have hidden new funds in Andorra ‘Case Pujol’.
Specifically, it requires four financial entities -Andbank, Credit Andorrá, Banco Sabadell de Andorra and Banca Privada de Andorra- all the documentation in their possession on behalf of Francesc Robert Ribes, former director of television of the Principality, already charged in the case for money laundering, and to which the Public Ministry now points as a key piece to hide the new hidden fortune of the Catalan clan.
Prosecutor Belén Suárez has presented a recent brief to Judge José de la Mata, to whom EL MUNDO has had exclusive access, in which he informs the Court of Instruction No. 5 that “Jordi Pujol Ferrusola is or has been the holder of funds other than those that are already known “in the Principality and stresses that” it appears as holder “in at least five Andbank bank accounts numbered as AN42909, AN85371, AN81511, AN64772 in which the businessmen Antoni Zorzano and the aforementioned Robert Ribes also appear.
The Public Ministry argues that it has found the new movements of money after analyzing the content of the rogatory commissions issued to Andorra to date as well as its successive extensions. In said documentation, Anticorrupción emphasizes that it has located, for example, transfers made from one of the deposits to an account of the Private Bank of Andorra controlled by Ribes “without any reason for such transfer of funds”.
Likewise, Anticorrupción adds that in another account, the AN84800, “there are movements of funds, specifically a payment of $ 325,000 from the Andbank account AN65075 of which holding Robert & Compte is the owner without, by the authorized of the same, Francesc Robert, have given reason for it. “
The Prosecutor’s Office also emphasizes that, from an account of the Sabadell Bank of Andorra, which Robert is again the owner of, “the guarantee granted by said Andorran entity to Fibanc was guaranteed for the loan granted by the latter to Altraforma.” All this, “in the same terms as Jordi Pujol Ferrusola himself had guaranteed the endorsement of Andbank to Fibanc for loans granted to this same company and others”.
Anticorruption adds that “the origin of the funds in that account could not be determined”. These operations are related to the financing of the electoral campaign of Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) for the 2000 general elections. The electoral works were endorsed, as has already been proven in the case, by the Pujol family through their Andorran accounts.
The Prosecutor’s Office asks the National Court that the new documentation requirement to the banks be exhaustive and includes “the management orders that, in writing, email, telephone, manager or intermediaries, have been given on these bank accounts”. It also claims the “instructions provided by the client present in the entity’s computer system”, the “registration of authorized signatures” and even the “addresses and telephone numbers available to contact the client or third parties in his absence”.
This is the last major petition for anti-corruption proceedings before putting an end to the judicial investigation against the family of the former Catalan regional president, whose term expires next September. According to this newspaper sources close to the investigation, the Public Ministry is already working on the final qualification document, in which it is tried to base that the origin of the hidden fortune in Andorra comes from the collection of commissions in exchange for the award of contracts Public of the Generalitat. An extreme that constitutes the most difficult flank to prove in an investigation in which the Prosecutor’s Office will accuse all members of the Pujol family for money laundering from corruption.