Saturday, January 22

The judge cites Galán on January 18 as a defendant in the Villarejo case




The judge of the National Court Joaquín Gadea, reinforcement in the Central Court of Instruction 6, has finally set a date for the appearance of the president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, who has been formally investigated in the Villarejo case since last June but he has not yet made a statement. In a providence to which ABC had access, he summons him on January 18, when the former CEO of Iberdrola Spain, Fernando Becker, was also summoned to testify.

The batch of statements will begin, however, the day before, when the judge has summoned Francisco Martínez Córcoles, that until last October he was in charge of the business area of ​​the electricity company, and who was head of the cabinet of the presidency of Iberdola, Rafael Orbegozo.

On January 20 it will be Iberdrola Renovables’ turn, investigated as a legal entity.

All are being investigated for alleged ongoing crimes of active bribery, against privacy and falsification in a commercial document in relation to the projects that
Between 2004 and 2017, the Cenyt Group carried out for the electricity company,
from the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, for an estimated amount of 1.1 million euros through the then Head of Security of Iberdrola, Antonio Asenjo.

On November 15, the Third Section of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court endorsed the decision of the judge in the Villarejo case, Manuel García Castellón, to have Iberdrola Renovables as investigated as a legal entity for an alleged crime of bribery, which has given free rein to fix the date. According to the legal sources consulted by ABC, it will be he who is in charge of the interrogations.

According to the indictment, they must answer for a battery of projects entrusted to Villarejo and that for Iberdrola had “Nature of confidential”: «The TC, key to unlocking the CGPJ In fact, the indications of the alleged crime of falsehood are due to the alleged manipulation of the invoices to cover up the concepts that were actually being paid, something that Asenjo himself already recognized in his statements .

Arrow and invoices

In the “Arrow Project” case, deployed between 2004 and 2006, the objective was to overcome obstacles in the construction of a combined cycle power plant in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). “The work (…) resulted in numerous reports and procedures that were documented between 2004 and 2006. These reports sometimes included access to traffic of telephone calls made and received by the people under investigation”, García Castellón stated in the indictment.

Villarejo, at this time, was an active policeman; Sánchez Galán held the position of vice president and CEO of Iberdrola -until April 2006 when he was appointed president-, Fernando Becker was director of human resources and services and Francisco Martínez Córcoles held the position of generation director.

For the instructor, There are indications that the company wanted to hide these jobs because the invoices were not issued by the electricity company but by another company that provided service to them., Castellana de Seguridad, SA (Casesa). This matter was brought to light with the former control director of Iberdrola, José Antonio del Olmo, who is also accused in the case by order of the Criminal Chamber on suspicion that he made precisely an internal report that pointed in this regard and that in 2004 he was kept under a notary because he appreciated irregularities and wanted to protect himself if they ended up being discovered.

On this matter, the internal audit of Iberdrola concluded that “it cannot be deduced that the invoices identified as suspicious” by Del Olmo and issued by Casesa “correspond to services provided by natural or legal persons related” to Villarejo, as it “cannot confirm either »That the company did not perform the services. The point is that the AEAT revealed that this security company made payments to the commissioner in the amount of 407,740 euros in 2004. Hence, a statement will be taken to clarify whether those invoices were masking the commissioner’s work.

«Black Board»

As for the “Black Board” project, developed between 2004 and 2005, the objective was to obtain sensitive information about Manuel Pizarro, then president of Endesa, which he could use to influence his future actions. The documentation generated by the commissioner includes “again, incoming and outgoing call traffic” of those investigated and, as in the case of “Arrow”, it shows billing irregularities.

“Posy” was later and would have been deployed in 2009 focused on investigating Florentino Pérez, president of ACS, in order to find out any circumstance that, “if necessary, could be used in a conflict scenario with Iberdrola.”

Meanwhile, «Gipsy», «would have been intended to investigate to José María Álvarez Vázquez, who was director of general services of Iberdrola, SA, and to Francisco Julián Gutiérrez Santiago, supplier of Iberdrola, when the company suspected that the payment of illegal commissions could be mediated in the contracting of services, also extending the investigation to the links that José María Álvarez Vázquez may have had with Florentino Pérez, president of the ACS company ”.

The “Wind” projects, from mid-2011 and commissioned by Iberdrola Renovables through, again, Antonio Asenjo, are added to investigate a Swiss company with which the electricity company had allied to develop infrastructures in Romania; and a property investigation of 2017 although by then, Villarejo was no longer active in the Police.

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