Camps in the clear in For­mula One case

Ex re­gional pres­i­dent still faces charges in three other ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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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

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