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Anti-corruption asks to file the case against Esperanza Aguirre for box B of the Madrid PP


The former president of the Community of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. / ep

The Prosecutor’s Office settles that the electoral falsity would be proven but that the illicit acts that targeted the former president would have prescribed

Melchor Saiz-Pardo

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has requested the file of the case against Esperanza Aguirre in the case that investigates the alleged irregular financing of the Madrid PP in the framework of the ‘Púnica summary’, the great community corruption plot. The Public Ministry maintains that there is no reason to maintain the imputation of the former Madrid president and neither that of her successor, Ignacio González, because the facts of which they are accused (basically covering up donations to the party’s B box) would have prescribed .

“Despite the clear indications of electoral falsity existing with respect to the regional elections of 2007, they would be prescribed, as with respect to the regional elections of 2008, although with respect to these there are fewer circumstantial elements”, ditch the 860-page Anti-Corruption brief.

The Prosecutor’s Office, which in total asks to remove 152 people who were investigated or charged in the procedure from the case, does maintain the existence of electoral fraud with respect to the regional elections of 2011, for which it asks to continue the procedure against two of the most close collaborators of Aguirre: Francisco Granados and Beltrán Gutiérrez.

Now, after receiving the rest of the writings of the accusations, it will be the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón who decides whether to continue with the case against the former Madrid presidents or attend to the Anticorruption letter, which bears the express blessing of the until now head of the Public Ministry, Dolores Delgado.

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That letter, however, only bears the signature of one of the three prosecutors in the case, since the two head of the investigation from the beginning, Carmen García Cerdá and María Teresa Gálvez, have refused to sign the conclusions that exculpate Aguirre. A document that only Alejandro Cabaleiro has signed, incorporated into the case at the last minute by order of the chief anti-corruption prosecutor Alejandro Luzón.

piece 9

The investigation in which Aguirre and González are still charged is the so-called piece 9 of the ‘Púnica case’ and it tries to determine if there was a ‘box b’ in the Madrid PP that served to pay for the electoral campaigns of 2007, 2008 and 2011.

The investigations began in 2014 after the discovery of an agenda of his former secretary general Francisco Granados, considered the ‘ringleader’ of the ‘Púnica’, in which a few acronyms could be read, which would correspond to donors, along with some amounts of money.

In the first coup of the ‘Operation Punic’, that same year, more than 50 people were arrested, including politicians, officials and businessmen, as members of a corruption network that would have awarded public contracts worth at least 250 million euros. since 2012 in the Community of Madrid.

On the one hand, the political and administrative officials made the awards ‘by finger’ and, on the other, the businessmen who benefited from this paid them illegal commissions that were laundered through a corporate network, according to the judicial report.

In his indictment, García Castellón placed Aguirre in key meetings where this form of illicit financing of the party was allegedly concocted. She, according to the judge’s accusation, was in the “supervision” of the advertising games, which were then put “at the service of the party.” She was attributed the direction of that operation, while others of her subordinates, such as Ignacio González and Francisco Granados, were in charge of the “direct control” of the specific operations.

Until now Anticorruption had insisted that during Aguirre’s term in the Community of Madrid (2003-2012) the law was changed so that the regional government had full control of those advertising contracts under suspicion that later supposedly gave rise to payments irregular to formation.


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