The title of this post is in homage to the Martin Scorsese’s film with the same title. Mr. Scorsese is one of the best directors doing gangsters films, and some of them are between my favorites.

King Juan Carlos and friends, in a hunt
photo: La Celosía –

But now this post changes the subject. The photo above shows the ex-King of Spain, Juan Carlos Borbon, in a hunt with three good friends, a few years ago. Half the men in this pic have been sentenced later to prison due diverse crimes; the other half, not yet.

The first man, with hat covering his bald spot, is Gerardo Díaz-Ferrán, a great businessman, and president of CEOE, the Spanish business community, from 2007 until 2010. In December 2012 he was arrested and charged with concealment of assets and money laundering. Gerardo is in prison since then.

The second man with that nice black hair and radiant smile is Jaume Matas i Palou, politician, president of the Balearic Islands from 1996 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2007. In March 2012 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for fraud. Jaume has got to dodge prison until the moment being, with appeals and finally a petition to the Government for a pardon. In Spain the Prime Minister decides who is imprisoned and who isn’t, despite of what judges sentence… and Jaume is a member of the same gang or political party that the Prime Minister, so I would say that Jaume won’t come into a prison.

The King abdicates, cover of magazine El Jueves
The King abdicates –

The third man, the taller, was our King until last Monday, Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias (yes, the aristocracy use to have interesting names). I’ve written twice about this man and some of his passions: blondes, brunettes, elephants (King Juan Carlos I, elephant and women hunter), and others (The King who organized coups). But all ends some day, and a few days ago, the Borbon announced that he abdicates and democratically proclaims his son as new head of state. We, the vassals of the crown, aren’t allowed to decide about the matter.

Juan Carlos is safe, at the moment being, because Kings need a revolution to come into prison. Also, Spanish police is lately tracking internet, searching and arresting dissidents, so it will be better not to speak much about my dear and honest ex-King. Long live the ex King!

And the fourth man, Arturo Fernández Álvarez, who looks a bit uptight in the photo, is another businessman and vice-president of CEOE. Also he is husband of Gerardo’s wife sister (Gerardo is the man with hat, remember). Arturo is being investigated in a fraud, the Bankia affair, although hasn’t been in prison yet… until the moment. Soon he might follow the steps of his relative Gerardo.

Yes, I always have liked the gangsters imagery, and goodfellas is a great way to name these crooks. I mean, Jimmy Conway, Tommy DeVito, Henry Hill, the characters in the Scorsese’s film, of course. Long live the ex King!


P.S.: The caricature above, with the King giving a rotten crown to his son, was going to be the cover of the satirical magazine El Jueves, on last Wednesday. But it wasn’t, because it was censored in the last moment by the publisher RBA. 60.000 copies had been printed and were destroyed, then the cover was changed by another one about other matter. Eight Ten draftsmen have resigned, until now, some of them publically explaining that they can’t continue working for a publisher doing (or accepting) this censorship. El Jueves is dead.



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