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The Prosecutor’s Office asks to file the case against Ada Colau for subsidies to related entities | Catalonia

The mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, now has it easier to get out of the court case that investigates alleged irregularities in City Council subsidies to related entities. In line with her lawyers, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has also requested that the case against Colau be filed as there is no evidence of a crime.

Colau remains under investigation in a Barcelona court for the crimes of embezzlement, prevarication, fraud, prohibited negotiations and influence peddling. The Association for Transparency and Democratic Quality (ATCD) sued her for granting public aid to entities with which they and several members of their government team had maintained relationships, labor and affinity, before the coming to power of Colau in 2015.

The prosecution’s brief is forceful and attacks the entity’s thesis because, from what has been investigated so far, there are no indications that the mayor committed any crime. “We must banish the temptation to attribute criminal responsibilities to her on the flimsy argument that she is the head of the City Council”, a hypothesis without foundation or justification, according to the letter from the anti-corruption prosecutor.

After analyzing the files of the subsidies under suspicion and the interrogations of Colau (as investigated) and the municipal comptroller (as a witness), the prosecutor concludes that “criminal irregularities” are not observed. He also recalls that after reaching the mayor’s office, Colau delegated the competence over subsidies in administrative bodies and that these aids were approved unanimously by the Government Commission. She did not, therefore, have “any” intervention in the subsidy files to entities such as the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH), the DESC Observatory, the Alliance against Energy Poverty or Engineers Without Borders.

The Prosecutor’s Office has already shelved a very similar complaint, about almost identical facts, previously presented by the Catalan Lawyers for the Constitution platform. Both then and now, the prosecutor maintains that these entities “did not specifically benefit from preferential treatment”, but rather received the funds in the same way that so many other entities did.

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