The judge acts against the BBVA audit chief for the espionage of Villarejo

The Villarejo case has as of today a new manager implicated in the espionage orders of the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo. The magistrate in charge of the Tandem case, Manuel García Castellón, has admitted to processing a complaint filed against the entity, the former president Francisco González and the current head of internal audit, Joaquin Gortari. The first two are already being investigated in the case, although the former right-hand man of FG had not yet been involved in this criminal procedure directed by the National Court.

The instructor has given the green light to the complaint filed on March 4 by attorney Felipe Izquierdo upon learning that he could be the victim of surveillance which, he said, involved a “flagrant violation” of their privacy as well as violation of their fundamental rights. In his writing he recounted the events emphasizing that they occurred when Gortari was director of the presidency’s cabinet and he stated that they would constitute active bribery, disclosure of secrets and corruption in business. These are the crimes that the magistrate imputes those investigated in this ninth piece of the Tandem case for espionage work which, according to Anti-Corruption, were of illicit character taking into account the incompatibility of these private jobs with Villarejo’s status as an active civil servant.

Now the instructor gives the green light to his request and involves Gortari for the first time in the case due to his management under the presidency of Francisco González. This is how he agrees in a car to which he has had access Information and in which he explains that the admission of the criminal complaint has had the favorable report from the Anticorruption prosecutors in front of the case. Likewise, the judge agrees that the lawyer be present in court so that his complaint can be ratified. It should be remembered that, although he did not appear as a defendant in the case, Gortari was one of the senior officials to whom the bank opened sanctioning file within the framework of its internal investigations to clarify the contracts of the entity with the network of the undercover agent.

New entanglement in the Villarejo Case

Preliminary forensic report

The plaintiff lawyer, who is litigating in cases of an economic nature such as the one related to the resolution of the Banco Popular, based his request on the conclusions reached in the preliminary report of PwC according to which the focus would have been on “professional and personal” aspects of his person. “The identification of various documents during the review of the physical file of BBVA (boxes associated with the Presidency) that evidences the inquiries made in March 2014, with the possible knowledge of Don Joaquín Gortari, on professional and personal aspects of the Barcelona lawyer Felipe Izquierdo, making use of information that would foreseeably come from closed sources (not public) and including an anonymous intelligence report “, reads this part of the forensic.

However, the work carried out by the audit firm also identified Gortari in some emails exchanged with former executives in which follow-up assignments were discussed. For example, and within the framework of project rick Regarding the espionage of Luis Carlos Palacios and Joaquín Arespacochaga, they found an email sent by the former director of Risks, Antonio Béjar, to Gortari. In the communication he told him that they would deliver “in hand some additional info” about this particular job. The email attached a note from the property registry of the El Escorial estate that would have been evaluated by Francisco González “for his personal purchase.”

Asset investigations

In this way, the forensic identifies that Gortari was the recipient, mainly between 2013 and 2014, of more internal communications which would refer to patrimonial investigations that affected the then president of the entity. Another example can be found in the messages that Béjar already met in October 2014, in which the latter sent him the draft of an appraisal report on the ‘Por Vera de Guadalmina’ farm. The document was requested at the request of Belegar Inversiones SL (Francisco González company).

In the absence of knowing what the follow-ups denounced by the Catalan lawyer consisted of, for the moment the magistrate has decided to admit his complaint for processing at a time when this ninth piece of the Tandem case it is reactivated after the summer break. The instructor resumes the investigations with the forensic at the center of the debate, on the one hand due to BBVA’s request that the parties stop using it in their defense to insult the bank and, on the other, in the face of the complaint made by some defendants of this inner work. Both Antonio Béjar and the Director of Corporate Security, Inés Ochagavia, are willing to testify before the instructor to denounce in court the PwC “errors”. Anti-corruption has already given the go-ahead for these two petitions to be produced, which the investigating magistrate now has to resolve.

Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by

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