The investigation of the process changes hands in the Court of Auditors

Margaret Marshal of Ghent. | DIARY OF GIRONA

Rarely was the Court of Auditors news, let alone its renewal, especially when it coincided with that of other constitutional bodies, such as the Constitutional Court. But the procedures related to the 1-O referendum change everything. So much so that the focus was on the expiration of the term of office of the current directors of the supervisory body before it even occurred. In the list of names agreed by the PP and the PSOE to replace them only two councilors remain and none of them has had any relation to the process.

Among those who will leave the Court of Auditors when the effective renewal takes place, scheduled for about three weeks, is the former PP minister Margarita Mariscal de Ghent, who was in turn responsible for the prosecution of the piece whose instruction is about to be concluded, the one relating to the allegedly irregular expenditure made by the Generalitat for the dissemination abroad of the 1-O, in which a provisional settlement of 5 was fixed, 4 million euros that have had to contribute the ex-presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont, the ex-vice-president Oriol Junqueras and other 31 exalted positions of the Generalitat.

So far, the investigating phase has been handled by the investigating delegate Esperanza García, who is part of the workers of the Court of Auditors who are not chosen by the parties, so she will continue in the supervisory body. In any case, its task is about to end, because it remains to be seen that the guarantees provided by ERC and the defendants themselves, replacing those of the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF), for which the Government created the Complementary Risk Fund, are sufficient to consider the fixed amount contributed.

In addition to Marshal of Ghent, will not continue in the Court of Auditors José Manuel Suárez Robledano, current president of the Prosecution Section, nor Felipe García nor Maria Antonia Lozano, who until the renewal will continue to be responsible for resolving the appeals that are present against the decision of the instructing delegate to reject the guarantees of the Generalitat, although it seems difficult to give them time to do so given that some were presented yesterday.

Favored socialists

Sources in the Court of Auditors said that work will continue in a completely normal way until the new directors take office and take on the corresponding procedures. The brand new distribution of councilors benefits the PSOE from the PP, having occurred in a ratio of seven to five in favor of the party in government. The two repeat councilors, Enriqueta Chicano and Dolores Genaro, were also appointed at the proposal of the PSOE in 2012. And Podemos has been credited with the appointment of Luis Antonio Ortiz de Mendívil, who was a lawyer for a former party manager in the Neurona case, in which several pieces are investigated about its alleged irregular funding.


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