New Pujol family corruption investigation in Catalonia

An update in the corruption case has been brought against the Catalan Pujol family after a new investigation has been opened by the Anti-Corruption Prosecution of Catalonia.

The family have been ordered to produce all documentation and figures relating to possible hidden funds in several bank accounts set up in neighbouring Andorra.

The judge dealing with the case, Judge José de la Mata has ordered the banks involved (Andbank,Credit Andorrá,Banco Sabadell de Andorra and Banca Privada de Andorra) to release information on total balances and deposits and withdrawals on at least six accounts not known to the prosecutors.

The family, specifically Jordi Pujol, ex leader of the Convergència party, are already facing trial under money laundering charges. Suspicions were raised by Spanish organization Anticorrupción during the investigation after transfers and deposits were noticed seemingly without any reason or authorisation of the accounts other partners.

This is the last major petition for anti-corruption proceedings towards the Pujol family before a final judicial document is drafted. The corruption case against the Catalan political family was opened in 2013 due to irregularities in the awarding of public contracts and suspicious funds deposited in the then tax haven of Andorra.

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