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Former Catalan leader used Bitcoin to pay for flight to Belgium


The Spanish police unit investigating the alleged misappropriation of public funds from former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has discovered evidence that the former Catalan leader may have financed his flight to Belgium using bitcoin (BTC).

Puigdemont currently resides in Belgium, where he is fighting for the release of Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras, who has been imprisoned and was banned from being a member of the European Parliament earlier this year.

But according to ABC and the EFE news agency (via La Vanguardia), the Spanish legal investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds from Puigdemont in his attempt to escape government persecution involved a transfer “made in late 2017 to a entity (presumably a cryptocurrency exchange) exchange bitcoin to euros. ”

The police report credits a computer scientist named Jaume Cabaní, now a resident of the Puigdemont residence, the so-called Casa de la República, for having planned the deal. Cabaní settled in the 550-square-meter mansion in Waterloo, in the Walloon Brabant municipality of Belgium, in 2018.

The report indicated that the money to finance the Puigdemont flight and relocation to Waterloo was funneled with public funds and funneled to a crypto platform (no name), which processed an invoice issued by Cabaní for 10,559 euros (currently worth USD 12,360) in August 2017.

Puigdemont caused a furor in Madrid after organizing a Catalan independence referendum in October of the same year.

The Spanish government then brought charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds against Puigdemont, also in October, just before the former Catalan leader's flight to Belgium.

Puigdemont alleges that the country's police force, the Civil Guard, was planning to create a crypto “digital republic” and was prepared to use its access to public resources to help finance its plan.

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