19th October 2019
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Pujol family accused of ‘hiding’ funds for acquaintances in Andorra

Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor has accused the family of former Catalan president Jordi Pujol of having ‘hidden’ certain ‘funds of different acquaintances’ in Andorra, the El Mundo newspaper reported on Friday.

The newspaper printed a report from the prosecutor asking a number of banks in Andorra to provide documentation on Francesc Robert Ribes, a ‘key’ figure in the corruption investigation into the former president.

The prosecutor told the judge overseeing the case in Spain’s National Court that Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, son of the former president, ‘is or was’ the title holder of a number of bank accounts in Andorra, some of which include the name of the former director of Andorran television, Robert Ribes.

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Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, son of the former Catalan president, leaving court accompanied by his lawyers in 2017. (Roger Pi de Cabanyes / ACN)

Robert Ribes is accused of being a front man for the Pujol family’s financial concerns in Andorra, an accusation he denies. In a court appearance in 2017, Robert Ribes said the transactions he carried out for the family were ‘all lawful’.

The corruption allegations against Pujol, his wife and their seven children were originally made in 2012 by Pujol Ferrusolas’s former girlfriend, Victoria Álvarez. The investigation into the allegations is expected to come to an end in September.

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