Wednesday, October 27

The prosecutor maintains that Castedo and Alperi put the General Plan at the service of Enrique Ortiz’s interests


Sonia Castedo arrives at the Hearing this morning accompanied by her lawyer.

Sonia Castedo arrives at the hearing this morning accompanied by her lawyer.
Hector Fuentes

The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office has maintained in its report of conclusions that the former mayors of Alicante, Sonia Castedo and Luis Díaz Alperi, put the General Plan at the service of the interests of promoter Enrique Ortiz. “Urban activity is a public function, we wonder where the application of this principle has been. It seems that between dinners on the yacht, trips to Ibiza, trips on the jet and maneuvers and strategies to always benefit the same law firms and also to boost the urban income of some businessmen, they forgot to apply the Urban Development Law “, with these words the prosecutor Pablo Romero has summarized a long morning of reports by the representatives of the Public Ministry to base his accusation against the accused in the alleged rigging of the PGOU. Plus two and a half hours of report by the prosecutor Felipe Briones and another hour and a half by his partner, Pablo Romero, in which they have summarized the ten years of investigations. Tomorrow it will be the turn of the private accusations, exercised by the Alicante City Council and Esquerra Unida, as private and popular accusation respectively and, if there is time. the conclusions of the defenses will begin. Magistrate Montserrat Navarro, who is presiding over the court, has already warned the parties that her intention is to finish before Friday at three in the afternoon.

The Prosecutor’s Office has insisted on the permanent disposition of the promoter to permanently entertain Castedo and Alperi to benefit from the friendship he had with them, although they tried to prevent that friendship from spreading abroad, concealing it as an institutional relationship. “The relationship between them was very deep, with tentacles that cover everything. The public and the private,” said Briones. The friendship was projected towards the benefit of Ortiz’s interests. The conversations show that the role of Castedo towards Ortiz was hidden or disguised by that before the mayor. Ortiz practiced preferential treatment towards Castedo or Alperi as it suited him, even in clear demerit of the other, “he has influenced. For Briones, the confidentiality of the General Plan revision work was” systematically violated “and the promoter’s relationship with Castedo and Alperi granted him the advantageous acquisition of land, “he added. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the promoter’s friendship with the two mayors forced them to abstain from any decision that affected Ortiz’s interests. The prosecutor has made a review of all the gifts that the two mayors would have received. In the case of Alperi, a trip to Crete by private jet, cash deliveries to his home or the payment of the bungalows of his daughters, as well as support for some business activities of his son Otto; while in Castedo. He cited yacht trips to Ibiza, holidays in Andorra and a Mini Cooper for a close friend of the latter.

The Prosecutor’s Office maintains that Ortiz had access to confidential information on the future urban planning of the city, when it was not yet public. Among some of the operations under suspicion are the acquisitions of land in Agua Amarga in order to achieve greater buildability in the Torres de la Huerta sector; as well as the operation of the Rico Pérez Stadium, where in the prosecutor’s opinion there was a veiled pact for the businessman to buy the soccer field with the promise of requalification of the land near the stadium. For the prosecutor, it is irrelevant for criminal purposes that the General Plan did not come into force, since the City Council issued an administrative resolution that expressed the final decision of his will.

The prosecutor has rejected the reports that concluded that some CDs with recordings provided by the businessman Angel Fenoll that started the Brugal case were manipulated. “Those CDs have nothing to do with those that were presented to the Prosecutor’s Office,” said Briones, a fact that Romero Kuego has finished off by saying that “neither the length of the conversations coincide. We do not know which discs these experts have analyzed and since therefore they are not the ones who are contributed to this cause “. They have also rejected the reports that alerted to the absence of a digital signature in the recordings of the telephone jabs and has maintained that it is a guarantee that was introduced later and that it is not even mandatory.

In his report, Pablo Romero has focused on the role played by the Salvetti Abogados law firm and the defendants Javier Gutiérrez and José Luis Castedo. Romero has insisted that both lawyers presented allegations that they themselves were in charge of solving. “These were not allegations due to material errors or minor issues. Allegations were presented on substantive issues, which were coupled with other service contracts for large companies that presented them,” he assured. Likewise, he has insisted that both offered Ortiz advice on the purchase of land with the information they had. In his report, Romero has insisted on the agreement reached with the businessman Ramón Salvador, who admitted having paid 100,000 euros to this office in exchange for the re-qualification of land. “The price was not the claim, it was the requalification itself,” he insisted.

Likewise, he has asked the court to indict six witnesses for having lied at the trial: Ortiz employees Javier Llorens, and Pedro Muguruza; the partner of the promoter Vicente Pérez Cañas, the businessman Ángel Fenoll and the former director of Bancaja Habitat, José Cortina.


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