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People's Party wants to prevent Puigdemont from earning public money

PP's leader Pablo Casado believes Catalonia wants to exit liquidity fund to avoid controls in order to spread "pro-independence propaganda"

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02 January 2019 06:10 PM

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ACN | Madrid

The People's Party wants to prevent the Catalan former president, Carles Puigdemont, from earning public money.

At the moment the Catalan leader, now in Belgium, is temporarily suspended as MP, so he earns no salary as representative, and last year he rejected the salary  he could claim as former Catalan president.

Yet last July he did request other prerogatives for having been in charge of the country, including an office and three employees.

The People's Party leader, Pablo Casado, announced on Wednesday that his group has presented an initiative in the Spanish Congress to amend a law in order to prevent individuals accused of rebellion from earning public money.

"This for Puigdemont. He can't live in a palace paid by the Catalan administration," said Casado in an event in Melilla.

The former Catalan president has always made clear that his current residence in Waterloo, Belgium, is exclusively paid with private funds. 

  • "This for Puigdemont. He can't live in a palace paid by the Catalan administration

    Pablo Casado · People's Party leader

This measure would also affect the former ministers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí, in exile like Puigdemont, as well as the nine leaders in pre-trial prison, all of them prosecuted for rebellion.

During the event, Casado has also said that Catalonia wants to exit the regional liquidity fund (FLA) to avoid strict controls from Madrid in order to spread "pro-independence propaganda."

The Catalan vice president, Pere Aragonès, announced last week that the country would no longer need the FLA from the beginning of 2019  –instead, the country will borrow money from a less strict Spanish system, as a final step before going back to the bond market.

Casado also criticized the events being held outside Catalan prisons to support the incarcerated political leaders and also blamed the Catalan government for them. He said such penitentiary centers have become "cathedrals" of the pro-independence prisoners.

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  • The People's Party leader, Pablo Casado, in Barcelona on December 16, 2018 (by Elisenda Rosanas)

  • The People's Party leader, Pablo Casado, in Barcelona on December 16, 2018 (by Elisenda Rosanas)

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