The Prosecutor's Office opens a legal investigation into the mayor of Ourense after former get together colleagues denounced him for alleged embezzlement | Spain | EUROtoday

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The Prosecutor's Office has opened legal investigation proceedings towards the mayor of Ourense, Gonzalo Pérez Jácome (Democracia Ourensana), following a grievance for alleged embezzlement of public funds filed by former colleagues from his get together who are actually a part of the Democratic Center Coalition (CCD) get together. The lawsuit was introduced on December 5, 2023 earlier than the general public ministry, which determined to open the investigation, in response to sources from the Prosecutor's Office, to resolve whether or not there’s attainable legal legal responsibility because of the incompatibility of the place of mayor with different alleged revenue.

The Democratic Center Coalition (CCD) asks to analyze an alleged continued crime of embezzlement of public funds, understanding that the councilor was “simultaneously combining his professional activity and public salary knowing their incompatibility.” The doc argues on the idea of article 13 of Royal Decree 2568/1986 of November 28 on native entities that within the occasion {that a} full-time councilor has different paid “marginal” occupations “a formal declaration of compatibility will be required.” by the plenary session.” He additionally factors out that the mayor is conscious of this situation, since a movement was held in plenary session on January 26, 2022 that debated and accepted the request for Jácome to resign his wage resulting from “professional incompatibility.”

The complainants level out that “knowing that his professional activity and his salary as mayor are incompatible,” on July 14, 2021, Jácome assured the City Council that he didn’t have “any” case of attainable incompatibility.

The grievance additionally explains that the councilor's skilled revenue is set by “the invoices issued by the party”, Democracia Ourensana (DO), for “advertising and various jobs”, which, in response to the complainants, “are made effective directly with the contributions of the municipal group.” The document also includes reviews of statements by Jácome in which he states: “The municipal group's money is spent on what I consider,” “I am the supplier and it is logical that I keep it,” “the investment of DO in Auria, which is me, we do it because we are smarter and more skilled.”

After guaranteeing that they seen “arbitrary” resolutions for the subsidies of their municipal group, the complainants, now outdoors the DO, requested the Prosecutor's Office to confess the grievance to “provide what is appropriate for the prompt administration of justice, since the conduct developed “Because of Mr. Jácome, he travels along the paths of illegality subject to criminal punishment.”

The motion is included in the attached documents of the complaint, which mentions a salary in 2019 of 34,191.95 euros and, as a private activity, according to the accounts presented by the Court of Auditors that the political party Democracia has invoiced Ourensana and its municipal group, 83,401.57 euros.

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File of other causes

Shortly before the Galician regional elections in February, a judge closed the case opened against Jácome also for embezzlement at the request of the Prosecutor's Office who, based on an anonymous complaint, filed a complaint against the councilor accusing him of embezzlement of public funds. She attributed the diversion of almost 100,000 from his political group to the television channel he owns, Auria TV. Six months after the complaint, the public ministry retracted and requested the dismissal, coinciding with the moment in which the judge investigating the case, José Luis Doval, distanced himself from him, as Jácome had hired his wife. The judge who replaced him saw the commission of the crime as justified. Jácome accused political groups and the media of “having echoed a false complaint to overthrow the mayor of Ourense.”

The submitting of this case marked the tip of no less than the authorized lawsuits registered all through the mandate towards the mayor of Ourense. “All the political judicial complaints have come to nothing and only show harassment and demolition without success and with zero basis,” the councilor acknowledged then. Jácome had already boasted throughout his look as an investigator earlier than Judge Doval that the switch he had made from public funds to his personal enterprise was “legal and ethical.” And he warned proper there that he would proceed doing it.