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Pujol junior arrives in court.
Pujol junior arrives in court. / EFE

Scandal deepens around family of former leader of Catalonia

  • Jordi Pujol, revered leader of Spain’s wealthiest region from 1980 to 2003, and his wife and children are facing increased pressure over alleged corruption

Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, son of the former leader of Catalonia, Jordi Pujol i Soley, was held indefinitely without bail on Tuesday after a judge decided that he was at risk of continuing to commit offences and destroying evidence.

With so many large corruption scandals rumbling on in Spain, it has been easy to forget about the case started in 2014 against the Pujol family in Catalonia. However this week’s detention of Jordi Pujol junior has brought the web of allegations back into the national spotlight.

After being held, Pujol junior was whisked off to Barcelona to be in attendance while properties linked to the Pujol family were searched.

Jordi Pujol senior ruled Catalonia for the nationalist CDC party for 23 years from 1980 to 2003 and is an iconic figure across Spain.

In July 2014, Pujol senior admitted that the family had hidden a vast fortune in neighbouring Andorra. He claims the base of the fortune was an inheritance, however prosecutors believe much of the money was acquired through political corruption. Pujol’s wife and seven children have been drawn into the investigation with Jordi junior, the eldest son, accused of managing 30 million euros of money hidden outside Spain.

The investigation is ongoing, however the decision to remove bail from Jordi junior comes as investigators claim that a network of fake companies is still operating worldwide to help hide the family fortune.