Few positions within the PSC have as a lot energy as Núria Marín, mayor for greater than twelve years of Hospitalet de Llobregat, the second Catalan metropolis, and present president of the Diputación de Barcelona. This Thursday they’ve interrogated for greater than two hours brokers of the Financial and Fiscal Crime Unit (Udef) of the Police for a case of alleged diversion of public funds municipalities that up till now he may see from the sidelines, however that from at present it already splashes him.
Marín went to the La Verneda police advanced by automobile early within the morning, and in the identical means left virtually three hours later. She had been summoned to provide explanations for a case of alleged corruption, with its epicenter within the Municipal Sports activities Council, which got here to mild six months in the past, though Marín, not less than for now, will not be charged. It is going to be the Hospitalet Investigating Courtroom quantity 2 who, primarily based on the Udef experiences and different concerns, will resolve whether or not to incorporate him in an investigation that impacts a dozen of these concerned.
It began with a criticism that for alleged irregularities introduced the additionally councilor of the PSC Jaume Graells – supposedly after Marín turned a deaf ear to his warnings – who then resigned as deputy mayor. It was step one for the Nationwide Police to arrest two Socialist councilors final June: the then second deputy mayor of the city, Cristian Alcazar –Marín’s dolphin–, and Christopher Plaza, which after the arrest left the sports activities portfolio. Not one of the three left the act of councilor. The identical afternoon, the brokers arrested the director of the Municipal Sports activities Council, Eduard Galí. The three have been then launched however investigated for crimes of embezzlement, prevarication and affect peddling.
They have been the primary of a listing of defendants who, thus far, full a dozen names. Amongst them, the Basic Secretary for Sports activities of the Generalitat, Gerard figueras. What the Udef is mainly investigating is whether or not the Municipal Sports activities Council – a non-public entity devoted to selling faculty sports activities that was chaired by the then Sports activities Councilor, Cristóbal Plaza – ddespatched for personal pursuits subsidies for use for coaching sports activities. The Police have suspicions that the members of the plot may have hid a diversion of funds from about 400,000 euros presenting parallel accounting value 900,000 euros. These mendacious accounts would have given them scope to divert funds to functions apart from the grassroots sport for which they have been meant. Within the case of the Secretary of Sports activities of the Generalitat, the Udef is investigating whether or not he ignored this supposed double accounting actuality of the Hospitalet Sports activities Council and granted subsidies with out due precautions.
Past hypothetical felony obligations, two months earlier than the regional elections, this police summons could also be a stone in the way in which for the aspirations of the PSC, which is chaired by Núria Marín herself, who additionally maintains the presidency of the Provincial Council because of the help of the independentists of Junts per Catalunya (JpC). In reality, ERC, which has at all times used the PSC-JpC pact within the Diputación to counterattack the neo-convergents once they reproach them for his or her collusion with constitutionalist forces, has taken benefit of the information of the investigation into Marín to ask for his resignation – each within the Diputación in addition to the Mayor’s Workplace – as a result of “their state of affairs is already unsustainable.”
In a press convention referred to as later, Marín has denied his involvement in any plot, has insisted that the Sports activities Council operates outdoors the Metropolis Council regardless of receiving municipal subsidies, and has stated that he’ll ask the choose to summon her to declare how a lot earlier than to clarify.