Jose Manuel Villarejo the dirty war that was lived in 2011 in the Government of Hope Aguirre in the Community of Madrid between former Minister of the Presidency Francisco Granados and former Vice President Ignacio González. According to one of the agendas found by the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office on October 23 during the second search of the retired commissioner’s home in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), on July 4, 2011, to which he has had access THE NEWSPAPER OF SPAIN, seventeen days after Aguirre removed him from his regional Executive Granados alerted the former police command of the alleged corrupt activities carried out by his then rival Ignacio González.
And seven days after this meeting, on July 11, Villarejo wrote one of his usual informative notes, without a police letterhead, in which he named the then Vice President of the Madrid Government as the recipient of a commission of two million euros in exchange for the award of a work in the municipality of Arganda del Rey (Madrid).
25 million euros
In the Arganda operation, the alleged leader of the ‘Gürtel’, Francisco Correa, managed to a 25 million euro bite in what is considered the biggest hit of this corrupt plot uncovered after the complaint filed by the former councilman of the PP José Luis Peñas and the lawyer Ángel Galindo.
In the agenda, one of the two that Villarejo used in 2011, you can read explanations of each of the events. Since the removal of Francisco Granados, whom he identifies as “Paco GRAN”, by his phone number or simply “GRAN”. And in the entry of July 11, 2011, literally, he wrote: “GREAT: it says that Nacho [Ignacio González] ordered the operation with FM “. Precisely, the developer of the Arganda del Rey homes was the builder Fernando Martín, the owner of Martinsa, who would have obtained capital gains of 198 million thanks to the urban modifications approved by the Community of Madrid, according to the accusation of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office.
And then it is noted that “Nacho traveled to Colombia with FM personnel, with Ildefonso de Miguel (El Canal) ”. As can be seen in a video that was published on Cadena Ser, Ignacio González went to the South American country together with former directors of Martinsa.
“One or two penthouses”
On the agenda Villarejo wrote that Ignacio González “you have one or two attached penthouses in La Alhambra del Golf, Guadalmina, controlled with a rent with option to buy agreed with the previous owner. Very special furniture was bought ”.
The commissioner then refers to the first owner of the penthouse, Pedro Javier Villate, who sold the property to Coast Investors LLC based in Delaware (USA). This signature was represented by trustee Rudy Valner, who was an advisor to the company Video Mercury, owned by the president of Atlético de Madrid, Enrique Cerezo. This Mexican businessman was the one who rented the house to the wife of the then vice president of the Community of Madrid, Lourdes Cavero.
Villarejo included all these data in the aforementioned “discreet” informative note of July 11, in which he already pointed out that the attic was linked to the Arganda award: “It could be related to the approximate 15 million euros detected as a payment from Fernando Martín to Correa, who in turn would have bribed Ginés López and Benjamín Martín, being Ignacio González who would have fared better by receiving two million euros, according to the confidentiality received, ”says the document, whose source of information was, according to the agenda, Francisco Granados.
He also noted that the then Madrid vice president would have collected commissions from a construction company, identifying the names of the executives who carried out the operation. The Justice has not found so far any link of the ‘Arganda case’ with the rent and the subsequent purchase of Ignacio González’s penthouse. The investigation carried out by a Court of Estepona ended up archived.
Alhambra del Golf
But the participation of Granados in the investigation on Ignacio González did not end with the initial complaint, as the agendas relate. On July 6, 2011, just two days after the first meeting, the former general secretary of the Madrid PP provided more information on the ‘case of González’s attic’, always according to the notes in the notebook: “Urbanización Alhambra del Golf, phase III, block II, attic 11. In the name of a Panamanian company. Salesperson Marisa Berri (real estate). The one in the Guadalmina Shopping Center”.
Again, in another informative note, this one of November 30, 2011, to which you have had access THE NEWSPAPER OF SPAIN, Villarejo captures the data provided by Francisco Granados on the sale of the property and on the investigations carried out in a “discreet and reserved manner”.
“All these efforts have advanced in the line of verify all the information received at the time. According to said information, for this “apparent sale” operation; A real estate agency from the same Guadalmina Shopping Center was used, with a certain Marisa Berri intervening […] the seller being Pedro José Villate Pérez, and even though the fixed price was 1,350,000 euros, it was actually formally registered at 850,000 euros, paying the difference in cash, “says the police document. The events were denounced by the Unified Police Union (SUP), for which a judicial proceeding was opened in Estepona (Málaga) against Ignacio González and Lourdes Cavero.
“He informed Cospedal”
The agendas also show that Villarejo reported the investigation that opened about Ignacio González to Granados and the businessman Ignacio López del Hierro, husband of the then general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal. Along with the name “GRAN”, in reference to Granados, the retired curator writes: “Very receptive and happy with the evolution of IG [Ignacio González]. Tomorrow he will speak with URB. of Boadilla. More and more receptive, will speak with ILH ”, referring to López del Hierro.
Precisely, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office considers that Villarejo and the former president of Castilla-La Mancha initialed in a meeting held in June 2009 at the headquarters of the PP in Madrid’s Calle de Génova a collaboration agreement that can be seen in the annotations on the spying on Luis Bárcenas. In addition to referring to this appointment on the agenda, on other occasions the retired commissioner pointed out that He informed Cospedal of his inquiries about the former Madrid vice president.
Thus, on July 21, 2011 Villarejo noted, next to the initials “ILH”: “Advance on Ignacio G. He was not surprised”. In other notes he writes: “Very interested in collateral data”; “Data delivery message” and “proposes an appointment with MDC”, alluding to his wife, María Dolores de Cospedal. After this meeting Villarejo wrote: “Very positive contact. He gave a lot of importance to the info. We arranged to meet on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. He insisted on his discretion ”.
“Through the husband”
And after a new interview with Cospedal Villarejo she writes: “Very receptive to everything. The issue of CT seems very important to him and party deviations. He proposes to see us at 2 pm on Thursday in Toledo. I agree to communicate through the husband ”.
On other pages, the former police command writes that the commissioner, too, Enrique Garcia Castaño He proposed an appointment with the former president of Madrid at a commercial premises in Puerta del Sol. After the meeting, which was held on November 29, 2011, the commissioner noted: “Ignacio González: very concerned about the data. It remains to help the investigation (to stop it). I provide the 3 to contact. He is very worried ”. And just after, referring to Granados, you can read: “Very happy with the details of IG”.
According to the agenda, Granados himself would have held a meeting with the journalists who gave the exclusive in which it was reported that Ignacio González had an attic for which he was paying rent at a price well below the market price. The subsequent publication in March 2015 of the recording of the meeting of the former president of the Community of Madrid with Villarejo ended the candidacy of Ignacio González to the presidency of the Community of Madrid, which fell to Cristina Cifuentes. The National Electoral Committee of the PP headed by Mariano Rajoy and María Dolores de Cospedal did approve the appointment of Esperanza Aguirre as a candidate for Mayor of Madrid.
“An orchestrated campaign”
A few days after Ignacio González was ousted, in statements to La Sexta, he regretted that an “orchestrated campaign” would have “conditioned the decision on the candidacy”. He also spoke of “hunting and media” noise “of the PP to the regional presidency.
In the same vein, the recordings of Villarejo discovered in the police records delve into the hypothesis that Cospedal was aware of the commissioner’s investigation into Ignacio González, whose letters rogatory were poorly completed on several occasions. In an audio transcript, the former police command explains to García Castaño that in 2012 he already he had threatened the Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, with revealing compromising information that affected Ignacio González, then vice president of the Community of Madrid.
“La Cospe called me, don’t betray anyone”
And according to the audio, the secretary general herself would have called Villarrejo shortly after this threat to ask him not to do it: “La Cospe called me, damn it, don’t betray anyone … And I, why not? I am looking for ruin to all of you, the first to the beard ” [en alusión velada a Mariano Rajoy].
In the same sense, Granados already alluded in a statement held in 2018 before the judge of ‘Púnica’, Manuel García Castellón, to the alleged irregularities committed by Ignacio González, although he had never reported that he had reported to Villarejo the facts, as recorded in the annotations of the former commissioner.
The relevance of Villarejo’s agendas was already defended by Judge García Castellón himself, who highlighted in the order in which he accused Cospedal that although “they cannot be taken as irrefutable facts”, yes “reflect data that is known“And therefore make up” a time schedule of certain events“Which help to” place the investigated facts on a specific date “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.