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Former Catalan president Jordi Pujol, who turned 94 on 9 June, has paid tribute to all of the bodyguards who’ve protected him since he left the presidency of the Generalitat in 2003. Two weeks in the past, Pujol organised a snack for them at a resort within the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, ​​which was attended by round 35 individuals, round twenty of them lively or retired bodyguards who’ve offered safety for the previous Catalan chief, in addition to commanders of the Mossos d'Esquadra bodyguard division. The occasion was additionally attended by visitors of the highest brass of the Catalan police: the director, Pere Ferrer (appointed by Junts per Catalunya, the get together thought-about the inheritor to Convergència), and the chief commissioner, Eduard Sallent.

The occasion was meant to “thank the work and professionalism” of the cops assigned to guard the previous president, in line with a spokesperson for the Catalan police who confirmed it to EL PAÍS. The group was carried out by the Serviol affiliation, created by the previous president to advertise “thought and knowledge” of Catalan society, and in addition coated the bills. former president and his entourage, by the affiliation, channel the occasions they’ve organised in recent times and which have served, partly, to restore his public picture.

Since he confessed in the summertime of 2014 that his household had saved a fortune hidden from the Treasury in Andorra, Pujol has misplaced most of his privileges. Among others, the workplace that’s assigned to all presidents after they go away workplace. former president He has maintained the escort of the Catalan police for safety causes over these 10 years, and in addition has the decisive help of considered one of his seven sons, Oriol Pujol Ferrusola, former common secretary of the now defunct Convergència and former member of Parliament.

Sources near the household say that each the director and the chief commissioner of the Mossos have been invited to offer a “certain formality” to the tribute that he wished to pay to those that had labored in his escort. The risk of inviting the appearing Minister of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena (ERC), was even thought-about, however this was finally dominated out. The occasion consisted of a snack, with refreshments and a glass of cava. The celebration, which has been carried out with a certain quantity of inner discretion within the Catalan police, has shocked some members of the Mossos escort crew, as a result of controversy that the determine of the previous president and his household, who’re awaiting trial for tax fraud, nonetheless arouses.

The tribute represents an extra step within the makes an attempt to publicly restore the determine of the previous president of the Generalitat, who has fallen into shame since, in July 2014, he confessed that his spouse, Marta Ferrusola, and his seven youngsters had maintained a he leaves (legacy) hidden in Andorra. The confession gave rise to a judicial investigation that has not but been resolved. The trial in opposition to Pujol (who faces a request for 9 years in jail) and his household (accused of legal group) is pending date. Marked and overcome by guilt, the former president He has been regaining floor in recent times, throughout which era his determine has begun to be vindicated past the “stain” (as he himself defines it) of his confession.

In the marketing campaign for the regional elections, Pujol's authorities work obtained reward from Salvador Illa, first secretary of the PSC and candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat. He talked about him in his speeches as the primary politician who promoted self-government and led the primary of the three nice transformations that, in his opinion, have taken place in Catalonia. But the one who has introduced him up essentially the most has been the opposite candidate to preside over the Government, Carles Puigdemont. After Pujol publicly introduced that he would vote for Junts per Catalunya within the elections of 12-M, Puigdemont picked up the gauntlet and thanked him with a message in X that additionally acknowledged his legacy: “I still couldn't vote, but I was impressed by the strength and determination to lift Catalonia up after the long night of Francoism,” he wrote.

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