The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office has requested the judge of the National Court José de la Mata to refer to the Catalan Superior Court of Justice (TSJC) the investigation by bribery of the Catalan Ombudsman, the Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó. The Public Ministry considers that Ribó could commit an offense of improper bribery by being invited by a businessman investigated in the “plot of 3%” (irregular funding of the former Convergence) to the final of the Champions who played on June 6, 2015 in Berlin the Football Club Barcelona and Juventus in Turin.
According to two Civil Guard reports from March and August last year, businessman Jordi Soler decided to invite several people to the final, which It cost 39,000 euros, on a “commercial trip”. In the case of Ribó, the Prosecutor’s Office maintains that “there is no evidence of the existence of any purpose” to invite the Receiver different from the “mere consideration of the function or position of the party” he performed. Ribó, in addition, “Not only does he accept to be invited, but he takes the initiative to obtain a greater benefit by expressly requesting that his daughter Alba be invited as well, which actually occurs”.
The amount of the trip was billed in the name of Soler Electromechanics, Soler Constructora Group and Soler Global Service, companies of the researched entrepreneur.
Article 422 of the Criminal Code punishes with sentences of six months to one year in prison and suspension of public charge from one to three years to the authority that accepts “for their own benefit or that of a third party” a gift given “in consideration of their position or function”.
Ribó is based on his position before the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia. Hence, Anticorruption asks De la Mata to raise reasoned exposure to it so that the TSJC appreciates sufficient evidence to request the request and to proceed against it. However, the magistrate uses jurisprudence from the Supreme Court to conclude that “the investigation of the case must be exhausted in order to allow a more informed decision,” agreeing before even “receiving a declaration to the affluent person” if he voluntarily lends itself to it.
For now, De la Mata quotes next Friday to declare the businessman investigated and, as a witness, the former deputy of Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) Ramón Camp the same day. Likewise, it agrees to transfer the proceedings (the Civil Guard reports and the Prosecutor’s brief) to Ribó “so that he can exercise his defense in the manner he deems appropriate”.