The President of the Generalitat, José Montilla will today meet with the leader of the PP party, Mariano Rajoy to discuss the resolution for the defense of the Catalan Estatut which was passed in Parliament last week (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). In addition, Montilla has been courting support from the civil services by sending a letter to 201 Catalan groups, including syndicates, employment groups and municipal federations to ask for support for the approved resolution. The two men are due to meet today at midday at the Palacio de la Generalitat at the insistence of Montilla, who asked Rajoy for the meeting by formally sending a letter to the leader of the PP party to address the Estatut and the renovation of the Tribunal Constitucional. Another letter was sent to two groups, the Federación de Municipios de Catalunya (FMC) and the Asociación Catalana de Municipios (ACM) in order to push together support for the resolution, which Montilla claims “gives more force to the voice of Catalunya”.
Singer Isabel Pantoja is facing three and a half years in prison and a fine of up to €3.7 million for continuing to assist in a money laundering scheme involving the ex Mayor of Marbella who used bribes he took when he chaired the council (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). For the ex-Mayor, Julián Muñoz, the anti-corruption prosecutor requested the same fine but for an extended jail sentence of seven and a half years taking into consideration an additional accusation of bribery, whilst his ex-wife Maite Zaldivar faces three and a half years behind bars. Following a long investigation where anti-corruption prosecutors exhaustively analysised the bank movements of the Mayor and his two ex-partners, it is thought that the singer bought an apartment in the Hotel Guadalpin and a chalet in order to launder up to €1.8 million whilst Zaldivar used companies abroad to do the same with around €1.3 million.
Five countries have asked for the UN to investigate Spain’s human rights record for crimes committed under the reign of Franco (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Yesterday for three hours, Spain submitted its first Universal Periodic Review for UN Human Rights commission. A final judgement is due to be made in September and is expected alongside a report prepared by Chile, India and South Africa whilst statements made yesterday by 55 countries will also be included. The five countries – Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Peru urged Spain to investigate crimes committed during the Franco regime and asked that the families of the victims can recover the remains of their victims. The Cuban representative said that “Spain has unfinished business” and urged the country to end impunity for crimes against humanity under the dictatorship of Franco.
Also in the news: Basketball team Regal Barcelona arrives in Paris ahead of the "final four" tournament which takes place this weekend (read article in full, in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). More than a 100 cars have been robbed in the last five days from an unmonitored municipal site in L’Hospitalet (read article in full, in Castilian here, El Periodico). Fernando Alonso has revealed his new car he'll be driving in this weekend's Spanish Gran Prix (read article in full, in Castilian here, El Periodico).