The Confederal Parliamentary Group of Unidas Podemos-En Comú Podem-Galicia en Común has registered this Friday in the Congress of Deputies a petition to create a commission of inquiry “On the use of opaque credit cards by the King Emeritus, after his abdication, against funds from abroad.”
The spokesperson for United We Can (UP), Pablo Echenique, has explained on Twitter that «the Bureau of Congress has no possible excuse to block it. As “they are events that occurred after his abdication”, Echenique argues, “the inviolability of article 56.3” of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure cannot be applied.
Also the first secretary of the Board and deputy of UP, Gerardo Pisarello, has indicated that “there is no legal or political argument that prevents it”, as well as that “the impunity of all this would be a scandal ». Pisarello assures that “if there is a real plot, if there were black cards and offshore accounts even after the abdication, Congress must investigate.”
UP considers that the payment of the debt of 678,393 euros to the treasury is a “maneuver” by the King’s father to avoid a judicial process for the crimes and “scandals” prosecutors that he allegedly carried out after his abdication (years 2016, 2017 and 2018). In addition, they believe that it thus admits “at least part of the fraud investigated by the Public Ministry, and therefore, the recognition of the commission of a tax crime.”
The King and his daughters, on the sidelines
Specific, the text asks to investigate three situations. The first, “if Don Juan Carlos de Borbón and Sofía de Grecia, as indicated by the actions initiated by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, would have used, between 2016 and 2018, opaque cards with accounts located abroad.” The second, if they had been paid «large amounts of money »in own expenses and other members of the Royal Family.
Lastly, they also want to study the effectiveness of current measures for the prevention and detection of money laundering and tax crimes. And, consequently, “if it is necessary to adopt regulatory reforms or increase administrative actions to prevent and prosecute these criminal offenses». Also “if the regulatory provisions relating to tax regularizations are appropriate in relation to former heads of state.”
However, the Confederal Group makes a qualification. They leave King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters on the sidelines of the investigation. They point out that as the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office rules out that they are involved in the use of the opaque cards, “they would be left out of the investigation in the Parliamentary Investigation Committee.”
For their part, Más País, Compromís, ERC, JxCat, Bildu, CUP and BNG have also registered in Congress the request of another commission to investigate “the plot linked to the alleged illegalities and irregularities committed by members of the Royal House” and “Political, diplomatic and commercial influences with Saudi Arabia”.