The second session of the committee investigating the 'caso Millet' has been meeting with some of the evasive companies involved in the alleged diversion of funds from the Palau de la Mùsica (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Some of the companies that were under investigation included a painter who denied having any connection with the Palau although the number, name and website of the institution was listed as one of its most prominent clients. The administrator of another company New Letter, Pedro Luis Rodríguez, who, alongside another company, Letter Graphic, billed between 2007 and 2009 nearly one million euros for recruitment campaigns for the Palau. The audit, which was commissioned to ascertain the scope of the defrauding, did not find documentation to justify the services contained in these bills. The committee also questioned yesterday two representatives for the construction company Natur System, Roger Valsells and his father Josep who retired four years ago. He and his son admitted that they had made donations to the Fundació Trias Fargas and that his firm had worked for both the CiU and had carried out works of rehabilitation for the Palau after winning the relevant tender.
The Spanish national team play their first game in the World Cup today against Switzerland (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). After spending four days in the remote town of Potchefstroom they are now to move to Durban where the match will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Andres Iniesta, after weeks of uncertainty looks fit to play, however coach Vicente del Bosque remained cautious by saying "We have to think of all of the championship and not just in this match". Possible starters include Navas, Pedro and Torres as alternatives with almost half of the starting eleven currently playing for FC Barça. Casillas was quoted as saying "We must start well, but we must believe that we have achieved nothing". He described the selection as the best group that has formed in ten years, adding that it is "because we are a family". It is expected that Switzerland will play with as many defensive lines as possible and the team is characterised by having a solid defense. Coach Alexander Frei said of Spain "They have great game organisation and a coach who is exemplary."
Six members of the Russian mafia have been arrested in Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Among those arrested is thought to be a mafia boss and leader of a gang whose arrest took place at the El Prat airport after landing from a flight from Dubai. A total of six people were arrested yesterday in various towns in the region in an operation against international organised crime. Most of the arrests took place in Tarragona but one was arrested from a luxury apartment building on the Paseo Garcia Faria on the seafront in Barcelona. The nationalities held included those from the Ukraine, Russia and Armenia and were heads of several businesses including two hotels, a brothel and a restaurant. They face charges of money laudering, forgery and conspiracy. The arrests were ordered by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of Barcelona and Madrid who involved dozens of agents from the Unidad de Droga y Crimen Organizado (Udyco). The properties involved in the investigations have been seized as they are believed to have been purchased using money gained from international crime, a fleet of thirty vehicles were also seized. The raid is an offshoot of Operation Java, the police investigation ordered by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, the National Court Judge which resulted in 24 arrests in March across Spain.
Also in the news: Artur Mas announced yesterday a possible independence referendum if he was to be elected as president of the Generalitat (read full article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The Ayuntamiento have started work on the installation of 16 new video cameras in the Rambla, the Gòtic and in the Raval (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).