Speech by Laura Borràs in Congress, this week
investigating magistrate of the Supreme Court Eduardo de Porres has agreed this
Friday to process the request to the Congress of Deputies to be able to proceed
criminally against the JxCat spokesperson in the chamber, Laura Borràs, in the
case on the contracts of the Institution of Catalan Letters (ILC). Congress has
two months to respond to the Supreme Court’s request, communicated by De Porres
to the President of the Second Chamber, Manuel Marchena, who has sent it to the
President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, to transfer it to the Lower
Borràs declined the possibility of voluntarily declaring on February 14 after the Supreme Court opened a case against her in December and summoned her to testify for the alleged commission of crimes of prevarication, fraud against the Administration, embezzlement of public funds and documentary falsehood during the period in which the current JxCat MP directed this institution from the Department of Culture of the Generalitat. The case that affects Borràs, sent by the Investigating Court number 9 of Barcelona to the Supreme Court last year, centers on the alleged irregular award of ILC contracts to Isaías Herrero.
Borràs, who left the ILC in 2018, when she was appointed counselor of Culture, has defended her innocence and ensures that she suffers political persecution. Emails exchanged between Borràs and Herrero included in the case show, however, that the current JxCat MP provided instructions to receive contracts from her interlocutor. In addition, in a conversation with a partner who has also emerged during the investigation, Herrero said that he was invoicing “trapis” [plots] with Borràs.