Pujol to be stripped of titles

Catalan nationalist Jordi Pujol is to lose all of his titles and privileges following the tax scandal that has hit his family. Jordi Pujol admitted to hiding a big fortune from the state in order to avoid paying inheritance tax.

He has lost his position within his own party, the CIU, and his pension rescinded. This is not very good timing for the Catalan push for independence which will result in an unbinding referendum on the November 9. President Artur Mas, who leads the Catalan regional government, has angered Madrid who believes the referendum is illegal.

Pujol led the Catalan autonomous region from 1989 through 2003 and worked well to improve the standing of the region and gain some more powers from Madrid. The media is now stating that the amount hidden by Pujol could rise into the millions. Pujol has kept it hidden for over 30 years.

Pujol has only recently divulged the facts. Also there has been recent scandal involving two of his sons also possibly involved in corruption according to a Reuters report.

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