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The Generalitat of Catalonia approved the granting of a loan

of 3 million euros to Unipost, the company contracted to distribute the electoral material of the illegal referendum of the past one of October, according to one of the last reports that the Civil Guard has delivered in the Court of Instruction number 13 of Barcelona in which the organization of the 1-O is investigated.

In the aforementioned document, to which Europa Press has had access, a contract found in the register carried out at the registered office of Unipost is reported, which is attached as an annex. Joan Tarradellas Expuny is representing the company Avançsa – Industrial Promotion and Location Company of Catalonia – and Pablo Raventós Sáenz, representing Unipost.

The writing is October 2016, but the authorization is earlier. As stated in clause five of the document itself intervened by the researchers, the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia had authorized this loan on March 17, 2015.

It is a participative loan so that if the company does not return it, the Generalitat can exercise its right to convert the capital and interests into shares. The purpose of the same, as stated, is “cover the temporary financial needs to prepare the summer campaign, payment of suppliers and costs.”

The interest is the 12-month Euribor plus 300 basis points and the maturity was fixed at five years, with 100 percent amortization of the maturing capital. It also has an unlimited personal guarantee from the borrower and additionally a real estate mortgage on two farms. The first of them in Hospitalet de Llobregat and valued at 8.3 million euros and the second, registered Zaragoza, worth 583,400 euros.

The contract is dated October 2016, however, Unipost filed voluntary bankruptcy in July in the commercial court number 7 of Barcelona and the insolvency administration asked the judge in December the liquidation of the company.

A bankruptcy administration that was already being exercised when the illegal referendum was convened on October 1 and when the company was hired to distribute the electoral documentation, more than 45,000 letters certified with the constituents of the polling stations and 5,346,734 ordinary units that covered all the electoral census.


However, according to the report issued by the Civil Guard in the Court, which has been accessed by Europa Press, this contract was concealed from the bankruptcy administrator and did not account for the service in its computer control systems.

In addition, the investigators put the accent on the “documentary falsehood” in which they incurred with the certificates that accompanied the letters that the Civil Guard intervened in Unipost, since they tried to “simulate the authenticity of that public-mercantile document to make people believe to the recipients that it was an official communication, by the Generalitat of Catalonia to the designations for constituents of the 1-O polling stations. ”

This fact, warns the report the armed Institute, “is not trivial, because the responsible ones tried to transmit the image that was treated of legitimate elections with all the guarantees”.


Another fact highlighted by the Civil Guard is the use of “the data of thousands of people” and that the Generalitat yielded to a private entity “violating the basic principles of custody, storage, and control of personal data.”

The list of people who were used to send the certified mails was located by the investigators in a file seized from David Palanques Bonavía, worker of the Department of Labor, Social Affairs and Family, whose General Secretary, Josep Ginesta Vicente is the author of the file “communication model and electoral board member”, which was used for the appointments that Unipost was going to distribute.

The Civil Guard also found the invoices issued by this company to collect the distribution of electoral materials. He located them in the email of the Director of Heritage of the Generalitat, Francesc Sutrias. This was the person who signed on behalf of the Catalan administration the extension of the contract “CCS 2015 11” between Unipost and the Generalitat.

And it is the recipient of the email sent by Pablo Raventós, CEO of Unipost and one of its shareholders, with the five invoices for the collection. One of these five invoices was tried twice and both were rejected. One automatically and the other manually by an employee of the Generalitat.