Former councillor to appear in court

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THE former Head of the Education Department, Joana Maria Camps, has been charged with embezzlement of public funds.

She is due to testify in court in Palma on November 16.

The Balearic Teachers’ Assembly appealed the decision of a court in Palma to close their case against her in December last year and the provincial court has accepted the appeal.

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The case points to alleged irregularities in her trips to Menorca paid with public funds.

She was born on the island and has property there.

She allegedly visited Menorca 32 times in eight months in 2013, 17 occasions coincided with weekends and she stayed for several days. Meanwhile she only visited Ibiza twice, returning to Palma the same day.

She will have to explain before a judge why she used public funds to travel to her home in Menorca when she already received €22,000 per year to compensate having to live in Mallorca due to the obligations of her position.

Camps, meanwhile, says she has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.

She was ceased from the position in September last year and returned to her work as a lawyer. 

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