Monday, November 30

The prosecutor asks the PGOU court to act against six witnesses for lying


Prosecutors Felipe Briones (left) and Pablo Romero yesterday at the entrance of the Court.  |

Prosecutors Felipe Briones (left) and Pablo Romero yesterday at the entrance of the Court. |
HECTOR FUENTES

Anti-corruption yesterday asked the court that judges the alleged rigging of the PGOU to act against six of the witnesses for having lied at the oral hearing. The request was raised during the conclusions report in which the prosecutors Felipe Briones and Pablo Romero maintained their accusations against the former mayors of Alicante Sonia Castedo and Luis Díaz Alperi considering that they put the General Plan at the service of the promoter Enrique Ortiz, also accused.

The prosecutor considers that they lied by contradicting some of their testimonies with the content of the wiretapping. This is the case of the technician in urban affairs of Ortiz, Javier Llorens; from the promoter partnerr Vicente Pérez Cañas; the former CEO of Bancaja José Cortina. The imputation is also claimed for the Cívica delegate in Valencia, Pedro Muguruza, after denying that he gave the employer Ricardo Fuster 36,000 to pay for the trip to Crete in the former mayor’s private jet. Finally, the Prosecutor’s Office also considers that the businessman lied Ángel Fenoll, who started the Brugal case with the recordings that he delivered to the Prosecutor’s Office and those that he said in the trial that they were manipulated.

Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office: “In the review of the General Plan, the confidentiality of the works was systematically violated”

All of them were charged at some point during the investigation of the case or in other pieces derived from the Brugal case. As investigated, the law allowed them to lie, but not as witnesses, also obliged by law not to be untrue, something that for the PGOU prosecutors has happened.

The reports of the two Anticorruption prosecutors, Felipe Briones and Pablo Romero, they monopolized the whole session yesterday. About three hours the first and an hour and a half the second, in which they summarized the nearly ten years of investigations into the alleged rigging in the processing of the PGOU. “The public function of Urbanism seems to have been forgotten, between dinners on a yacht, trips in a private jet,” said Romero.

Intimate friendship

Briones assured that during the revision work of the General Plan of Jesus Quesada the confidentiality that was enforceable “was systematically violated.” From the Public Ministry, it was stressed that the employer could not meet with the editor of the PGOU to deal with his private affairs and that it was his intimate relationship with the former mayors of Alicante that gave him access to it. “This relationship forced them (the exregidores) to abstain from everything they approved that affected Mr. Ortiz,” he added.

At this point, he regretted the file in his day of another investigation that involved the promoter and the two former politicians, the case of the car parks, whose closure “they celebrated with marisquito after managing to deceive the magistrate with the nature of their relationship.” “Although they tried to keep this friendship from spreading abroad, concealing it as an institutional relationship, it was very deep, with tentacles that covered everything,” said Briones.

The public prosecution maintained that the promoter permanently entertained the municipal authorities not in exchange for a specific favorable resolution, but to get them to respond to his requests. “Between Castedo and Alperi, the only disagreements that occurred were motivated by the role of each of them in favoring Ortiz,” he said.

Anti-corruption prosecutor: “Mr. Ortiz could not meet with the editor of the PGOU to discuss his private business”

The prosecutor held that the promoter received inside information on the future planning of the city, which put him on the track of which were the areas where he had to buy land. The gifts consisted, in the case of Alperi, a trip to Crete by private jet, deliveries of cash to his home or the payment of the bungalows of his daughters, as well as support for some business activities of his son Otto. In Castedo, he cited yacht trips to Ibiza, holidays in Andorra and a Mini Cooper for a close friend of hers.

A payment of 100,000 euros to achieve a requalification of land in the planning

The activity of the Salvetti Law Firm marked the report of the prosecutor Pablo Romero, who insisted that from this office the lawyers Javier Gutiérrez and José Luis Castedo They presented allegations to the General Plan that they themselves were in charge of solving. “They were not mere remedies for material errors, but rather issues of depth,” stressed the representative of the Public Ministry, highlighting that these works “were coupled with other contracts for the provision of services for large companies that presented them.” At this point, he recalled the agreement signed between the Prosecutor’s Office and businessman Ramón Salvador, who admitted having hired the services of the office for the requalification of a floor. “The 100,000 euros he paid were not for the work carried out, but for the requalification of the land itself,” he said. In his report, the prosecutor has rejected the existence of the mitigating factors raised by the defenses. In his opinion, there are no undue delays, given the complexity of the case and the number of people investigated. He has also rejected the application of the mitigating compensation for the damage for Ortiz for paying the compensation requested before the trial. “It’s like buying a mitigating agent,” he said.

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