The Court of Auditors requires Artur Mas a bond for the 9N consultation




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The Court of Auditors summons 10 former senior government officials to pay a bond of 5 million for the expenses generated in the consultation on November 9, 2014.

The Court of Accounts has summoned the former president of the Generalitat for next September 25 Artur Mas within the investigation that is open to elucidate responsibilities for the sovereign consultation of November 9, 2014 and, where appropriate, claim the public money you invested in that consultation, which could exceed five million euros.

As reported by the Europa Press agency, citing PDeCAT sources, the purpose of the summons is to request the payment of a bond to guarantee that he will be able to face the sentence in the event that it finally occurs.

Specifically, the court cites Mas six days before October 1, when a new independence consultation is scheduled in Catalonia. Along with the former Catalan president, the Court of Accounts is also investigating his former vice president Joana Ortega, to the former Minister of Education Irene Rigau and the former Minister of the Presidency Francesc Homs.

In the event that they do not pay the amounts demanded by the court, they may proceed to seizure of goods and accounts of those investigated in this case.

According to various media reports, in addition to Mas, Ortega, Rigau and Homs, the court has summoned for the same day and for the same purpose seven other high-ranking positions of the Generalitat who participated in the organization of the expenses for the 9-N referendum.

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Puigdemont and Junqueras EFE

(Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras. Photo: EFE)

Puigdemont accuses the State of fomenting fear

The President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, today accused the Spanish Government of giving a “quantum leap in his desperate strategy” for promoting “fear” to try to avoid the 1-O referendum, after “skipping the rule of law” with the latest decision of the Court of Auditors.

In a joint press conference with the vice president of the Government, Oriol Junqueras, Puigdemont has linked this “increased threats and attacks” from the State to the fact that this week it is expected that the referendum law and the decree of convocation of 1-O will be approved.

Puigdemont, who has confirmed that this week the referendum law will be approved and he has indicated that the Government is already “prepared” to sign the decree of convocation, he has expressed his “total support” to those affected by the decision of the Court of Accounts.

“If you touch them, you touch them all”, highlighted Puigdemont, who has stressed that when organizing the sovereign consultation of 9N 2014 “they acted on behalf of the government of Catalonia”, so “it is not an attack on people in particular, it is an attack on all those democrats who want to vote “on 1-O.

Before the appearance, Puigdemont and Junqueras have participated in a meeting which also included the former President of the Generalitat Artur Mas, the President of the ANC, Jordi Sànchez, the President of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, as well as various members of the Government.

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The presidents of the ANC and Òmnium Cultural have asked the Catalans to do financial contributions to the ‘solidarity fund’ that they created months ago to help pay the fines and bonds linked to organizing the November 9 consultation.

Artur Mas calls for “not to be inoculated with the virus of fear”

Speaking to channel 3/24, the former president of the Generalitat Artur Mas has appealed to the Catalans to “stand firm and not letting the virus of fear be inoculated “by the State, in its attempt to prevent the referendum that the Government plans to call for October 1.

But it has reacted in this way to the decision of the Court of Accounts to summon eleven high-ranking Government officials on September 25 in Madrid.

According to Mas, “They want to scare away certain people who can get to sign things for the 1-O”, in a “strategy of fear” that happens by going “big game” so that “it is clear that other people can be hunted” involved in organizing the referendum.

“They are trying to put fear in the body of the people so that on October 1 we will not go to vote”, has denounced Mas, who has affirmed that a “pulse is being fought between a large part of the people of Catalonia” and “some State institutions that try to prevent people from voting. “

More has considered “aberrant” that “they are using state institutions to go against people who defend certain ideas” and he stressed that “it is advisable to ignore” this strategy, which “is doomed to failure if people stand firm and do not allow themselves to be inoculated with the virus of fear.”

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