The judge also gives the green light to Bárcenas to testify in Punica against Aguirre

The trial for the reform of the headquarters, the cause for its papers on the opaque financing of the PP, the Villarejo case … and now also Púnica. The magistrate Manuel García Castellón has given the green light to the request of the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas and has summoned him as a witness next February 24 to listen to you in the proceeding against Esperanza Aguirre and Ignacio González. It is a diligence that agrees at the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and after the ex-treasurer so offered it in the brief presented to the Public Prosecutor’s Office just days before the oral hearing for the works of Genoa. A trial that, despite resuming tomorrow, had to be postponed ‘sine die’ due to illness of one of the accused.

This is what the magistrate points out in a ruling to which he has had access Information and in which he is summoned for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday of next week. As this newspaper advanced, Bárcenas’ request was well received by Anti-Corruption, which continues to implicate the former president of the Madrid PP in the alleged illegal financing of electoral campaigns 2007, 2008 and 2011. This is a procedure of special importance considering that the case is already in its final stretch and would underpin the Anti-Corruption thesis in relation to Aguirre’s role in this network. On this point, the ex-treasurer of the PP -who declared today as injured in the Kitchen piece- assures that can provide more evidence that they would accredit that opaque financing in the Madrid PP.

Last summer, the prosecutors in charge of the case already managed to get the magistrate Manuel García Castellón to listen to three splashed in the Gürtel plot. Guillermo Ortega (exedil from Majadahonda); Isabel Jordan (former employee of one of Francisco Correa’s companies) and Arturo González Panero, ‘el Albondiguilla’ they declared voluntarily for this matter. Of all of them, Ortega was the most forceful when pointing out that he witnessed how the former treasurer of the party Álvaro Lapuerta delivered Aguirre to the headquarters of Genoa an envelope with 60,000 euros from a construction company. “I was in Francisco Granados’ office, the president called him, Álvaro Lapuerta came down and spent 5 or 6 minutes. After a while he returned to the office and told me that it had been a contribution of 60,000 euros from a construction company,” he said then. Aguirre, for his part, categorically denies these facts.

Photography Ignacio González and Esperanza Aguirre

Cascade of citations

It is a new front for the ex-treasurer, who has voluntarily asked to appear in this case and in that relating to box ‘B’ of the national PP. The cascade of citations It is produced according to the brief presented in the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office in which it declared its truce with the PP broken and announced the existence of more evidence for that financing parallel to the official one that reached one million euros in 2008. His statement of intents slightly deflated at the start of the trial for the works in Genoa. His new lawyer, Gustavo Galán explained that many of the evidence he alluded to in the letter – such as a recording of the late Álvaro Lapuerta– They were stolen by the patriotic police in the framework of the Kitchen operation.

Precisely for this specific matter he has declared today from the Soto del Real prison, where he is serving a sentence for the first period of the Gürtel plot. The former treasurer already offered his testimony as a victim after opening this piece of the Villarejo case, although today has taken one more step ensuring that, among the stolen material, there were flash drives and a recording that would directly affect Mariano Rajoy. In fact, in his writing, he also made direct reference to the former president of the party and the Government, ensuring that he informed him of the existence of this box ‘B’ in the formation and that he responded by destroying the papers that could compromise the party. However, the former head of finance for the training kept a copy with a huge amount of material that was stolen in this operation financed with reserved funds of the State.

Luis Barcenas

Direct relation

In fact, today’s statement has been produced in the framework of a secret piece in which he has already been interrogated his former driver Sergio Ríos Esgueva. The one who was the driver of the Bárcenas-Iglesias family and a man of his confidence ended up being captured as police ‘top’ of the commanders who participated in this operation and in which the former dome of the Ministry of the Interior with Jorge Fernández Díaz at the helm. To all this must be added his predisposition to declare in the part of the investigation of Bárcenas’ papers that still open in the National Court. In fact, the magistrate who now directs it, Santiago Pedraz, had summoned him for this very Monday. However, he suspended this appointment at the request of Bárcenas himself, who has asked for a bit of time to organize.

In this way, you have delayed the date at least until April for scheduling reasons, but he has already urged him to hand over everything he has on this matter in which they were also involved more than a dozen builders which would have made donations in exchange for public works awards. In this regard, one of the latest reports of the UDEF stands out in this procedure in which they reflected the Direct relation of the Kitchen case with the annotations of Bárcenas’ agenda and the commissions delivered by these businessmen, mostly construction companies. Some of them appear not only in the procedure investigated by Santiago Pedraz but also in the Púnica case in which Luis Bárcenas will also intervene.

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