STAFF REPORTER
PALMA

THE former President of the Balearics, Jaume Matas, is apparently considering applying for “legal protection” in the United States, where he now lives, in an attempt to avoid appearing in court this March to answer questions in connection with the allegedly corrupt construction of the Palma Arena velodrome.

Bulletin sister paper Ultima Hora reveals today that the ex-Balearic leader, Spanish government minister and President of the Balearic Partido Popular, considers himself to be the victim of “systematic persecution” here in the Balearics and on those grounds, could apply for “legal protection.”

Matas is apparently ready to lodge an official complaint with the U.S. authorities about the regular raids which have been carried out on his Palma and Madrid apartments - the most recent being on Christmas Eve - and the continual leaks of private information to the media of his personal belongings.

One other option his lawyers are studying is for Matas to answer the Palma judge's questions before a special commission in the United States.
According to Ultima Hora, Matas, who faces a total of nine varying charges, knows that by returning to Majorca he faces having his passport seized or other precautionary judicial measures taken to prevent him from leaving the country.

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