Tuesday, June 15

The judge rejects the testimony of the director of legal services of BBVA

Former commissioner Villarejo.

Former commissioner Villarejo.

The judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón has rejected the statement as a witness of the director of the legal services of the BBVA, María Jesús Arribas, within the framework of the case that investigates the orders of the entity to the ex-commissioner José Villarejo.

In a car, to which Efe has had access, the magistrate dismisses the request of the former director of Risks of the bank, later president of the Castellana Norte District (DCN), Antonio Béjar, investigated in this case, considering that it is “unnecessary” since “nothing contributes”.

“Converting the instruction into a kind of anticipated judgment (..) supposes to distort the purpose of this phase”, emphasizes García Castellón.

The head of the court also differs from the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, which in its report was favorable to the appearance of the board and defended that she could not avail herself of professional secrecy and the privilege of confidentiality between the lawyer and the client, unlike what is supported by the bank.

Likewise, the Public Ministry understood the need for Arribas to explain how it was that he was not aware of the hiring of Cenyt (a Villarejo company), for which there are authorized invoices, especially when said hiring “They would have required the use of models approved by the legal services, and this was not the case, except in the last contract”.

In the case, add the document, “There are many indications that those responsible for legal services, despite not intervening in the contractingThey did work with data from Cenyt’s work “.

The judge ruled against this criterion, recalling that the investigation phase “should be directed to carry out ‘without delay’ only those essential procedures”.

For the same reason, he opposes the witness Ángel Cabetas, “as the person responsible for purchases at BBVA.”

However, it requires the entity to identify the employees whose identifiers appear on Cenyt-related invoices.

The “Trap operation” revolves around the alleged espionage services to politicians, businessmen and journalists that the bank commissioned from the former commissioner since 2004, when the construction company Sacyr started a movement to try to take control of the entity, which was ultimately unsuccessful. .

In mid-2019, the judge agreed to the imputation of BBVA and whoever its president was Francisco Gonzalez in a procedure in which other former directors were investigated such as former security chief Julio Corrochano, former CEO Ángel Cano and Antonio Béjar himself.

They and other charges are being investigated for alleged crimes of active bribery and discovery and disclosure of secrets.

On the occasion of lifting of the summary secrecy, the judge considered that the work allegedly commissioned by BBVA from the Villarejo company between 2004 and 2017, involved “repeated interference” in people’s rights “through access to their communications, personal monitoring or access to their bank documentation “.

Arguments that the prosecutors took up in a recent report, in which they recalled that, according to the investigators, the bill for the “multiple” services provided by Cenyt to BBVA amounted to 10.2 million euros.


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