Saturday, November 27

The judge agrees with the Prosecutor’s Office and orders BBVA to deliver the documentation related to Villarejo

Façade of the National Court.

Façade of the National Court.
Alejandro Martínez Vélez / EP

The judge of the National Court Joaquín Gadea has adhered to the criteria set by the Prosecutor’s Office and has ordered BBVA to hand over the documentation related to Cenyt, the company of retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo. In this separate piece of ‘Tandem’ It is precisely investigated about the alleged hiring of Villarejo by the entity.

In an order dated November 4, to which Europa Press has had access, the support magistrate of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 has again urged BBVA to attach the account opening contract in the name of Cenyt that took carried out on December 23, 2004 together with the documentation attached thereto.

Similarly, Gadea has asked the bank to certify whether the powers granted to the former head of Security, Julio Corrochano, on June 17, 2004, were similar to those of his predecessors in the position. What’s more, the judge wants to know why these functions were granted to him in 2004 when his appointment occurred in 2002.

Report of the Public Prosecutor’s Office

The magistrate of the National Court considers the request of the Public Ministry justified because, “Although BBVA claims that it has complied with the required documentary contribution, it is not complete or complete.”

“In the report of the Public Prosecutor’s Office it is stated that the documents provided are not all required and that, in any case, contains a series of screenshots and others that are not expressly interested“, says the judge.

For that reason, “and given the need to access the required documentation in a complete way”, the judge upheld the request made by the Prosecutor’s Office by not considering “fulfilled the requirement prior to BBVA.”

New citations

In this separate piece 9 of the macrocause ‘Tandem’, where both BBVA and its former president Francisco González are accused, the services contracted by the bank to CENYT – the flagship of the Villarejo business group – are investigated for different projects at least between 2004 and 2017. For these works, the bank would have paid to the commissioner more than 10 million euros.

The latest movements in this case have been the summons for the next 24 and 25 November of the former head of Communication of BBVA Paul García Tobin -who is being investigated in the case- and the financial advisor of the entity César Béjar. They will also be joined by Fernando Alfonso Díaz, who drew up the report that BBVA commissioned GMV for “the acquisition of electronic evidence from files located in the client’s storage environments (Google Drive)”.

But, in addition, the magistrate agreed to also summon Corrochano himself, still without a fixed date. A decision that comes after it was sent last October a letter to the judge in which he argued that it was “unimaginable” that Villarejo was still active when the bank hired him in December 2004, asserting along the same lines that he “never” suspected that the information he provided could come from restricted access police bases.

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