The judge has released the former Convergència and ERC politicians David Madí and Xavier Vendrell and the editor Oriol Soler, and the rest of those arrested on Wednesday for their alleged relationship with Tsunami Democràtic, in a case that is also investigating financing of Puigdemont in Waterloo, an alleged Russian plot in favor of procés and influence peddling to obtain contracts from the Generalitat and an urban requalification.
The macrocause that Judge Aguirre keeps open for embezzlement, prevarication, influence peddling, money laundering in the article and public disorder has several branches: an alleged case of urban corruption of Vendrell, emergency contracts for COVID-19 that the Generalitat had irregularly granted Vendrell and Madí, a russian plot of the procés, the financing of Carles Puigdemont in Belgium and the supposed participation and promotion of Tsunami Democràtic by Soler, Madí and, especially, by Vendrell.
The arrests of this Wednesday have raised to fifty those investigated in the case, which was opened in 2016. Initially the case was about a fraud in subsidies from the Diputación de Barcelona to entities related to Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC)But the arrest last year of the former head of international relations of the party, Víctor Terradellas, was the lever used by the judge to investigators to delve into the investigation of the sovereign process.
The judge wants to corroborate to what extent Terradellas’s words are true in a recording that the former CDC international head made secretly of conversations with Madí and Vendrell. In the recordings Tarradellas explained that on October 24, 2017, three days before the DUI, the head of a “Russian group created in the time of Gorbachev” with whom he had contacted in relation to the cryptocurrency platform offered Puigdemont ” have ten thousand soldiers and pay all the Catalan debt “.
But the expresident, always according to what Terradellas exposed, “is going to shit a calces” (translated into Spanish, he shitted his pants). “If they had accepted, the events would probably have been tragic and would have triggered an armed conflict in the State with an uncertain number of fatalities,” says the judge to maintain that the words of Terradellas should be investigated (who has not yet been called to testify in the case despite the fact that those of the Russian soldiers are not their first extravagant demonstrations about the process that are in the summary).
The other leg of the Russian plot pointed out by the judge and the Civil Guard rests on the meeting that Soler held with the leader of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in November 2017, when the Generalitat was already intervened by government. Without providing any other information other than the meeting itself, the Civil Guard frames it in a “strategy of disinformation and destabilization in which the Kremlin government would also have participated as part of its general narrative on a European Union on the verge of collapse”, a thesis that Soler’s defense qualifies as “Kafkaesque”.