The Barcelona Court has endorsed that the judge in the Voloh case continues to investigate the former ERC seller and businessman Xavier Vendrell for the “illegal requalification” of the Villa Bugatti estate, where he has a wedding banquet business. The magistrates have rejected the request of several investigated for the cause of alleged urban corruption to pass the courts of Mataró and endorse that it remains in the hands of the head of the examining court 1 of Barcelona, Joaquín Aguirre.
The Voloh case is a macrocause with many lines of investigation: the alleged diversion of public money from the Generalitat to finance Puigdemont’s stay in Waterloo, the alleged Russian plot of the procés or Vendrell’s businesses and the former CiU politician David Madí taking advantage of his connections with the Government. In addition, the former ERC clerk is being investigated for his business on the estate in the Maresme Villa Bugatti region, whose requalification the judge links to an urban hit.
With its latest decisions, the Hearing of Barcelona has given a boost to the macrocause investigated by judge Joaquín Aguirre as well as its main pillars, which are the telephone interventions to the former independence leaders who were part of the ‘sanhedrin’ of the procés during the autumn Catalan from 2017.
In separate files, to which elDiario.es has had access, the Barcelona Court guarantees that all the crimes in the Voloh case, whether those related to the alleged Russian plot such as the urban misconduct of Villa Bugatti, are jointly investigated. “They cannot be ruled out – the magistrates point out – motives other than personal profit in the illicit requalification of Villa Bugatti”. The pitch, the magistrates add, would allow the property to increase in value by five million euros and Vendrell and his partners would benefit from it. “But indirectly it could also benefit other investigated in the main piece or the separate ones”, qualify the magistrates.
Villa Bugatti, a luxurious farmhouse in Cabrera de Mar (Barcelona) frequented by politicians at parties and events, is the object of the urban hit that the judge attributes to Vendrell, who thus managed to maintain the banquet activity and double its value. In addition to Vendrell himself, the mayor of Cabrera (PDeCAT), Jordi Mir, the municipal architect, Ramon Vilà, and the councilor for Urban Planning, Enric Mir (ERC), are involved in the operation, whom the party forced to resign after finding the Civil Guard 40,000 euros in cash in his office.
The magistrate investigates alleged crimes of urban prevarication and influence peddling for the urban redevelopment of the farmhouse, which doubled in value, from five to ten million euros. According to the judge, there is sufficient evidence to show that Vendrell would have obtained a “clear favorable treatment” from both municipal officials and the Generalitat so that the specific modification of the Municipal Urban Planning Plan (POUM) of Cabrera de Mar could be approved. knowing that Villa Bugatti had not legalized the activities that took place there.
To exploit the business, Vendrell would not have “hesitated” to “influence his top-level political contacts”, such as the councilors Damià Calvet or Josep Bargalló, as well as the mayor of Cabrera, the town planning councilor and other high-ranking officials of the council Territory and Sustainability, which have promised to give the requalification procedures “greater agility than that established by the norm,” says the judge. Vendrell, in one of the telephone interventions of the cause, goes so far as to affirm that the then Catalan president Quim Torra would inaugurate the farmhouse, so that the Generalitat would not ask for “explanations”.
On the other hand, the Court of Barcelona has also rejected the request of businessman Oriol Soler to divert the case to Judge Aguirre, on the understanding that he has assumed the competence to instruct him for political reasons. According to Soler’s defense, “the maintenance of unjustified jurisdiction” in the case “totally breaks the appearance of impartiality” of the judge, since “it may provoke a reasoned suspicion that the judicial body is adjudicating itself the knowledge of the file beyond of what legally corresponds to him for reasons unrelated to the administration of justice. ” The Court of Barcelona denies the greater and endorses the “objective competence” of Judge Aguirre to investigate the case.
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