The PSC wants to clarify the destination of the funds of the Generalitat to combat the impact of covid-19, especially those destined to nursing homes. The ‘Volhov’ operation has put ERC’s ‘ex-minister’ in the spotlight Xavier Vendrell and who was the right hand of Artur Mas, David Madí, which according to the judge could have tried to profit from the crisis, for which the socialists have asked the investigation commission on geriatrics in the Parliament to speed up the approved appearances of the ‘councilor’ of Salut, Alba Vergés, and the ‘Minister’ of Labor, Chakir El Homrani.
The socialist spokesperson in this parliamentary body, Raül Moreno, has explained in statements to EL PERIÓDICO that the objective is for those responsible for the departments “to clarify whether what the judge says is true or not.” And he asks to inquire into the contracts awarded to Vendrell companies to find out if they benefited from the public coffers: “We demand an exercise in transparency.”
The deputies members of the commission have a meeting on Monday called by the president of the organ Vidal Aragonese (CUP), scheduled before the arrests of the ‘expresident’ circle Carles Puigdemont, with the objective of facing the last three sessions before the Parliament is dissolved before the electoral call in Catalonia. The PSC will propose in this meeting to speed up the appearance of Vergés and El Homrani, but it is not ruled out that other groups also want to request that the Minister of Health attend, Salvador Illa, and the Vice President of the Government Pablo Iglesias before the commission dissolves. These appearances were also approved in September.
Aragonés, in statements to this newspaper, assures that as president of the commission he wants to guarantee the continuity of this to the next legislature, for which he will ask for a “political commitment” to all groups so that it is approved again with the renewed chamber. “Much work remains to be done,” he says. Regarding the appearances, he believes that there should be a consensus agreement to schedule them in the few sessions that remain to be held, but he is suspicious that they have to be linked to the police operation of the Civil Guard.
The judge suspects that Vendrell used his political influence to contact members of the Government in order to benefit your different businesses. The car states that Vendrell is more active to achieve his economic objectives, from the requalification of some land, Villa Bugatti, in Cabrera de Mar, to the construction of a center for the disabled, the expansion of places for a school in Sant Joan Despí or contracts with the Institut Catalá d’Avaluacions Mèdiques (ICAM), passing through the world of management of nursing homes in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview in Catalunya Ràdio, Vendrell has argued that the accusations against him are “unfounded” and his defense will be able to “dismantle them one by one” with all the documentation that they will contribute to the legal case, which he has described as “assembly”.