- Courts.The judge charges BBVA in the 'Villarejo case' for bribery, revelation of secrets and corruption in business
- Reaction: Francisco González comes out in defense of BBVA in the 'Villarejo case' and asks to "delimit individual actions"
The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office has asked the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 of the National Court to impute the banker Francisco González in the case where the payments that the BBVA entity made for more than a decade to the commissioner linked to the sewers of the State are investigated , José Manuel Villarejo.
As EL MUNDO has learned, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutors of the Tandem case have asked Judge Manuel García Castellón in the last hours to agree on said complaint after analyzing the documentation provided by the bank to the National Court and after making a statement to the executive Antonio Béjar, former president of the Castellana Norte District, who has appeared on several occasions before the judge and has pointed to González's responsibility for the millionaire hiring to Villarejo.
Gonzalez's request for imputation is preceded by the investigation of the bank itself as a legal entity and also the imputation of the former dome of BBVA during his presidency for the crimes of bribery and disclosure of secrets.
At present, in the BBVA piece - the separate part number 9 of the Tandem case - they are currently charged, together with the entity, Ángel Cano, former CEO of this bank between 2009 and 2015; Ignacio Pérez Caballero, director of commercial banking network at BBVA Spain; Javier Malagón, global head of Performance Management & Capital; Antonio Béjar, former head of Risks for Spain and Portugal and former president of the company District Castellana Norte (invested by the bank); and, Ricardo Gómez Barredo, former Director of Accounting and Supervision of BBVA.
BBVA paid the commissioner, who has been in pretrial detention since 2017, up to eleven million euros for operations of dubious legality such as spying on the Sacyr group at the time when González. In the so-called Trap Operation alone, the massive tracking of 15,000 telephone calls that were exchanged during the operation to attempt to take control of the entity to the company of Luis del Rivero is investigated. After knowing the scandal, Gonzalez left last March the honorary presidency of the bank knowing that his complaint is virtually inevitable.
The documentation seized from Villarejo in the records that took place in November 2017 by order of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, together with the information provided by the bank, have allowed us to prove that there are indications that BBVA, through several sensitive areas and from various executives, he hired and paid the principal merchant of Commissioner Cenyt.
Investigators suspect that the work that the second Spanish financial institution entrusted to the commissioner linked to sewers involved repeated interference with the fundamental rights of several people who were subjected to personal follow-ups, their communications or their bank documentation. In addition, the investigations have highlighted that the massive espionage that the bank commissioned José Manuel Villarejo was carried out with police means, specifically, from the Central Operational Support Unit (UCAO) of the National Police led by Commissioner Enrique García Castaño.
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