The Spanish Court of Auditors ruled on Tuesday that former Catalonia officials must pay back $6.426 million allegedly spent illegally between 2011 and 2017.
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Around 40 politicians including independence leader Carles Puidgemont will have to compensate the government as the money they used for "external political" activities such as that invested in the Catalonia independence movement is considered embezzlement.
"Today the "Court" of Accounts will communicate the amount of money they want to steal from us. An amount that has already been widely explained by the press, with all the luxury of details. Things of Spanish democracy, where Francoism is still alive because the head of state owes him the crown."
"Right now, Gonzalo Boyes has only 3 hours to read 504 pages of the report of the Spanish Inquisition called the Court of Accounts, and then he will only have 10 minutes to make the allegations, regardless of the number of people he defends. Francoism in substance and form," Puidgemont said via Twitter upon the announcement, highlighting the irregularities of the ruling.
On the other hand lawyer Gonzalo Boyes, who defends some of the politicians also turned to Twitter to denounce the ruling. "I do not think that it is necessary to discuss each figure raised by the Court of Auditors, the questioning must derive from the whole of the procedure that is incoherent, arbitrary, partial, not rigorous, illegal, and unconstitutional," Boyes said.