Oriol Pujol Ferrusola must finally sit on bench of defendants for ITV case. Former number two of extinct Convergència (CDC) had accepted a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence after reaching a pact with prosecution for accepting facts in exchange for avoiding trial. The audience of Barcelona, however, has now nullified this conformity because it has not been signed by all defendants in ITV case, which has exposed payment of bribes in industrial relocations in Catalonia and rigging of public awards in The ITV station competitions.
One of six defendants, Josep Tous, presented a letter alleging that conformity reached by four of defendants violated his right of defense. The Barcelona audience concludes that " trial must continue for all of m", so Pujol and rest (including his wife, Anna Vidal) should go to trial.
The prosecutor initially requested five years ' imprisonment for son of Catalan former president for influence and Cofaction. The pact lowered that sentence to two and a half years and had been accepted by deputy after discussions that lasted for months. The fact that he has to go to court does not mean, however, that he is going to face a greater penalty. If trial expresses itself in same terms as pact with prosecutor's office, foreseeable thing is that Public Prosecutor's Office also concludes that Pujol must be sentenced to two and a half years ' imprisonment, explains judicial sources.