Detained ex-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu launched after showing earlier than decide

Detained ex-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu launched after showing earlier than decide

The 2 males, who had been arrested on Monday, ‘exercised their proper to not converse’, and the decide granted them conditional launch whereas the investigation continues, the Barcelona courtroom stated in a press release.

Detained ex-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu released after appearing before judge

Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as Barcelona president in October 2020. Reuters

Barcelona: Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his former advisor Jaume Masferrer had been launched Tuesday after showing earlier than a decide investigating final 12 months’s ‘Barcagate’ scandal, a Spanish courtroom stated.

The 2 males, who had been arrested on Monday, “exercised their proper to not converse”, and the decide granted them conditional launch whereas the investigation continues, the Barcelona courtroom stated in a press release.

The courtroom stated the decide had sought to query them as a part of an investigation opened in Could 2020 into the suspected crimes of false administration and enterprise corruption.

Two different membership officers additionally detained as a part of the operation which concerned a search of Barcelona’s stadium — the membership’s present chief government Oscar Grau and its head of authorized companies Roma Gomez Ponti — had been launched late on Monday.

The operation comes lower than per week earlier than presidential elections are to be held on the membership.

The so-called ‘Barcagate’ scandal entails allegations that the membership coated up funds made to an organization referred to as I3 Ventures, employed to spice up the picture of the membership on social media.

A part of the social media marketing campaign included criticising present and former gamers like Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, and iconic coach Pep Guardiola. Messi described the controversy as “unusual” in an interview with Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claimed in February 2020 that Barca paid I3 Ventures an inflated charge and put funds by way of in smaller, separate quantities to keep away from the membership’s monetary controls.

Bartomeu maintained the corporate had been employed solely to watch posts on social media and introduced an inner audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which cleared the membership of monetary corruption in July.

He resigned in October, avoiding a vote of no confidence triggered after greater than 20,000 membership members signed a petition in opposition to him.

His departure got here in the identical month Barcelona introduced losses of €97 million ($114 million) for final season and following a dramatic decline in performances on the pitch in addition to a private falling-out with Messi.

His successor is because of be elected on Sunday, when membership members will select between the ultimate three candidates, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font.

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