Spanish police tip over Catalan ruling linked foundations

Spanish police raid foundations which allegedly linked with Catalan ruling party

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Catalan pro-independence supporters display a giant banner at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona

Catalonia’s highest court said Spain’s civil guards tip over think tank foundation offices linked with Catalonia ruling party which is pro-independence minded.

The raid to think tank foundations suspected to have links with CDC (Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya) political party came one month before the elections that is planned to be held in Catalonia, which is the wealthiest region in Spain.

Prosecutor is investigating whether the Fundacio Catalanista i Democrata (CatDem) got illegal financial payments related to building contracts with CDC, the region's pro-secessionist ruling party.

The police operations came before the first major pre-campaign of pro-independence coalition whose slogan is "Together for the Yes."

A party spokesperson told that the police also searched CatDem administrator office which is located in the headquarters of the CDC, Reuters reports.

Spokesman of CDC political party Josep Rull confirmed raid of the police is politically motivated saying “The goal is not transparency but to create a media circus before very significant elections. They can search all the headquarters they want, they won't find anything because there is nothing to find."

Rull also told reporters "We are very accustomed to this kind of action being taken for political reasons," adding "But we have no problem handing over the information. Everything here is clear, clean and transparent."

Catalan political parties which are pro-independence minded are planning to hold elections in Catalonia on Sept. 27, yet, if elections result by independence Catalans would lead to a "road map" to independence within 18 months.

Jordi Pujol, former regional leader who served for six terms for Catalonia, and admitted that his family had hidden money in Switzerland for the past 35 years, stumbled Catalonia’s referendum, in 2014.

Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who has been deputy prime minister of Spain since 2011 and member of Spanish People's Party, told reporters the judiciary acted regardless of political parties or electoral dates.

Additionally Madrid announced several times that any referendum for independence of Catalonia would not result with an administrative change along the country and also they won’t recognise the referendum and calls it “a road to nowhere.”

The 2015 Spanish general election will be held on Dec. 20, 2015 and none of the political parties are well ahead because of years of austerity, unemployment and corruption.

The Catalan question has also aggravated political sensitivities and complicated the strategies of the main parties.



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