Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
The Noos case began today. Despite a plethora of pre-trial motions the charges against Princess Cristina were not dismissed.
Also in Spain, the Taula case is taking shape. It involves 30 to 50 PP (right wing) politicians from Valencia in a complicated web of illegal secret donations and money laundering. The laundering was actually quite straightforward, which isn’t always the case. Members of the party were asked to regularly “donate” certain amounts to the PP, usually around €1000 each time; they then received those amounts back in cash. The cash came from businesses who paid the PP 3% of government contracts awarded to them.
Meanwhile in France the Cahuzac case also began this week. The former Budget Minister and his wife are accused of squirreling away millions in offshore accounts thereby avoiding tax. That was of course while Mr. Minister was promoting “stiff penalties for tax dodgers.” Early on in the case he stood up in parliament and announced he’d never had an account outside of France.
Other interesting news:
And it’s only Tuesday morning.