16 November 2012

The newspaper El Mundo publishes an alleged report from the Central Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit of the Spanish police about Mas i Pujol


El Mundo publishes this draft nine days before the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia. According to the report, Jordi Pujol, Artur Mas and members of their families have bank accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, among other things. The chief commissioner of the Central Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit informs the investigating judge of the Palau Case that the Unit is not the author of the document. The legal actions taken against the journalists Eduardo Inda and Esteban Urreiztieta are finally shelved. Artur Mas’s party goes from 62 deputies to 50 in the elections. In March 2013, the Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, informed the Congressional Interior Commission that, based on an Internal Affairs investigation conducted by the Spanish police, the document did not exactly or literally correspond to any official document drafted in the context of the Palau Case by the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit and that the information published in the press could be partly explained by the existence of other reports and information. In addition, in February 2013, the Swiss bank Lombard Odier had denied that the president and former president had held accounts with the institution in the past ten years. The report is drawn up in the framework of Operation Catalonia.

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