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Police Raid Properties of Ex-Catalan Regional President after Son Imprisoned

BARCELONA Ė Spanish police on Wednesday raided the Barcelona home and office of the former president of the Catalonia regional government, sources close to the investigation told EFE.

Jordi Pujol, 87, was President of the Catalan government between 1980-2003 and a key figure during Spainís transition to democracy following the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

The raids carried out Wednesday came a day after his eldest son, Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, was sent to prison without bail for allegedly having moved 30 million euros abroad while his family fortune was under investigation.

Police were preparing to raid the Barcelona residence of the eldest Pujol son and the house the family has in Queralbs, west of Girona, in Catalonia.

Agents were looking for documents relevant to the transfer of family money abroad.

Despite the former presidentís eldest son being sent to prison on Tuesday evening, investigative judge Josť de la Mata had ordered he be present during the raid at his fatherís house on Wednesday, where he has a room.

According to the judge, despite being under investigation, Pujolís eldest son continued to carry out all manner of accounting, banking and corporate activities in order to ďhide them and keep them out of the reach of the courts.Ē

Back in October 2015, police raided the room of the former presidentís eldest son in relation to investigations into alleged money laundering.

 

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