Camps in the clear in Formula One case
Ex regional president still faces charges in three other judicial investigations
By Dave Jones FORMER president of Valencia region Francisco Camps has been provisionally cleared of wrongdoing over the organisation of the Formula One European Grand Prix.
A spokesman for the Regional Supreme Court (TSJ) explained that a judge found that the accusation against Sr Camps of embezzlement and abuse of authority could not be substantiated.
The allegations relate to organising of the race which took place in the Valencia region from 2008 to 2012.
The judge ruled that although reports provided by police officers specialised in financial crimes were ‘detailed’, they did not ‘establish with guarantees’ that illegal activity had occurred.
However, the court noted that Sr Camps – who ran the region from 2003 to 2011 – is still being investigated in another case related to the Grand Prix.
This involves the contracting of the construction work for the Valencia city street circuit used for the race.
Sr Camps is also being investigated in two other cases.
One is the sprawling Gürtel corruption affair over contracts handed to the Gürtel-run company Orange Market for the 2009 Fitur tourism trade fair. He is also under the microscope over the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Valencia in 2006.
This cost the public purse and estimated €7.7 million in advertising contracts, €3.5 million for the purchase of 500,000 rucksacks and €2.6 million to provide public toilets.
Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were driven round the Cheste track by Francisco Camps in a Ferrari in 2009