Wednesday, December 2

The judge sees coincidences between public awards and donations to the PP


Defendants of the Gürtel during the trial.

Defendants of the Gürtel during the trial.
EFE

The judge of the National Court José de la Mata has put the magnifying glass on three awards of public works in 2003 and 2006 when he appreciates coincidences with donations registered in accounting B of the PP managed by the ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas.

The magistrate agrees in a car, to which Efe has had access this Thursday, a series of procedures aimed at knowing the ins and outs of these public contracts, as the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office claimed in that regard.

The instructor believes that Bárcenas, his deceased predecessor Álvaro Lapuerta and Gürtel’s leader Francisco Correa, “defined and implemented a system to illegally obtain funds for the Popular Party and for themselves, in exchange for mobilizing influence and taking steps in favor of the providers of such funds. ”

For it, “agreed with different businessmen to make these deliveries of funds in cash at the headquarters of the Popular Party, as apparent donations “.

Throughout the investigation, “a indicative causal relationship between donations, the subsequent actions taken to establish contacts and established relationships “.

“Sometimes the result was produced in the form of the contracts received, the real objective of the employer, after the negotiation,” he says.

So, Bárcenas would act as an intermediary “between large companies and the Administration to obtain a favorable treatment towards them obtaining in exchange a commission that distributed between the participants and the own political formation “.

One of these contracts, according to the order, is that of conservation of the ‘WWTP La Gavia’, for which Bárcenas “put in contact” the businessman Rafael Palencia with the Department of the Environment of the Madrid City Council between 2003 and 2007, the successful bidder, although it did not finally obtain the same in 2007 as it had in 2006.

The other is the drafting of the construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and exploitation project of the 2nd phase of the WWTP ‘Monte Boyal’, in Casarrubios del Monte (Toledo), awarded by the Public Land Business Entity (SEPES) from the Ministry of Public Works in April 2003.

In this award it is perceived “an objective, subjective and temporal correlation with a delivery of 60,000 euros registered in the managed accounting” by Bárcenas “equivalent to 2% of the award amount without VAT”.

The third contract is one for the exploitation services of the wastewater treatment plants of the city of Madrid.

It is the Viveros de La Villa treatment plant awarded by Canal de Isabel II in 2006, “there is an objective, subjective and temporal correlation with a delivery of 35,000 euros registered in the managed accounting“by Bárcenas.

For all this, the judge demands all the documentation related to these last two awards from SEPES, and from Canal de Isabel II, which he specifically asks “Documentation justifying the exclusion of the bidders Veolia Agua and the Ute formed by Imes, Urbaser and Socamex”.

The contract awarded by Canal de Isabel II was excluded from two bidders, as stated by the Support Unit of the General Intervention of the State Administration (IGAE) to the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office in a report on October 27 which pointed out the need to require documentation from the public company about the bidders who submitted bids.

In the same way, this Unit considers that there is a lack of information and a technical report regarding the contract awarded by the Public Land Business Entity (SEPES) of the Ministry of Development in 2003, in order to be able to verify whether the application of technical criteria and, therefore, the award of the contract was correct.

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