The indirect effects of the covid-19 pandemic were reflected again this Friday in the National Court. Judge Jose de la Mata had cited as accused Daniel Osàcar, former CDC treasurer, to question him by videoconference about a separate piece of the case 3% in which an alleged money laundering is investigated as a result of donations to said party, but five minutes after the appearance started, technical problems forced it to be interrupted. Sources present in the statement suggest that, before being suspended, Osàcar came to confirm the thesis that the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office embodies in his writings, a statement that in principle has no legal value, but that anticipates a possible collaboration by the former treasurer with the researchers.
The car with which De la Mata agreed to Osàcar’s imputation is clear: 12 high-ranking CDC charges, including the ‘ex-councilors’ Jordi Janè, Felip Puig, Irene Rigau Y Pere Macias, donated up to 106,000 euros to his party between 2008 and 2013, payments that investigators suspect were seeking to launder money of illicit origin. The judge points to “classic smurf system“, a maneuver with which the same charges that made the donations later recovered the money delivered through the party itself. In addition to Osàcar, the CDC ex-treasurer is also charged in the case Andreu Viloca For the same reason, but once again, his summons for this Friday was suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic: his lawyer is confined and the interrogation has been postponed on October 26.
As for Osàcar, the magistrate will now have to decide when to summon him again and if, unlike this time, he does it in person. The former treasurer is currently in third degree prison for the ‘Palau de la Música case’, a semi-release regime that was not appealed by the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office. Sentenced to three years and six months in prison, Osàcar now faces a new indictment for his time as CDC treasurer.