As he awaits trial for misappropriation of funds, Bautista attempts a comeback at the beleaguered Spanish rights society
Eduardo "Teddy" Bautista was the powerful president of Spanish authors rights society SGAE until he was arrested seven years ago in a federal sting operation and charged with misappropriation of funds. He is still awaiting trial in the case, which authorities say cost the organization 20 million euros (almost $26 million), and could be sentenced to seven years in prison.
Meanwhile, Bautista is running for a spot on SGAE’s board of directors -- and possibly a return as president. Having declared his candidacy for the Oct. 26 elections, he broke seven years of silence in the media when he gave an interview to two journalists from Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
In the story, published on Thursday (Oct. 18), Bautista, 74, said that he was returning to public life because he was “tired of being treated like a cadaver.”