By Oisin Sweeney • 29 December 2020 • 8:34
PODEMOS is facing scrutiny as Madrid prosecutors move to charge the coalition party with irregular financing.
The Provincial Public Prosecutor’s Office of Madrid is investigating a 365,000 consultancy contract that Podemos attempted to pass off as electoral spending in April 2019. Alarm bells were raised by auditors when invoices failed to match with the contract. A probe found that the “consultant” was in fact a commercial company based in Carmona (Sevilla) that had no business activity or employees.
Prosecutors originally pursued charges of electoral crime and falsification of documents, which can only be committed by individuals in Spanish criminal law. The two joint administrators of the electoral account of Podemos, Daniel de Frutos and Carlos García Ramos, alongside the administrator of Neurona Comunidad, Elías Castejón have been charged with these crimes.
They decided to charge the Podemos party as an organisation with the crime of irregular financing. Prosecutors say that this action “is more secure for the party in that it allows it to take cognisance of the investigation and guarantees that” when the charges of irregular financing go to court “it can defend itself and propose proceedings”.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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