A judge in Madrid has opened an investigation for a possible crime of embezzlement against up to 15 high-ranking government officials, including the Secretaries of State for Finance,
, and for the Economy,
Ana de la Cueva
, for the rescue of Plus Ultra. Initiates proceedings, according to an order to which this newspaper has had access, on the 14 members of the Board of Directors of the
Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (Sepi)
, at the time of the aid of 53 million euros granted to the airline Plus Ultra .
The head of the
Court of Instruction number 15
of Madrid thus responds to a complaint filed by
directed against the vice president of the organization,
, and the rest of the members of the Council, senior officials of nine ministries. Among others, the secretaries of State for Defense, Finance, Energy and the Economy, as well as six undersecretaries, a general secretary, a general director and two heads of Cabinet. Among them, senior positions such as the Undersecretary of Finance,
or the Secretary of State for the Environment,
Outside of the investigation - advanced by
and confirmed by legal sources
would be the president,
, appointed three weeks ago, when the injection of public funds into the airline had already been agreed.
Until Gualda's appointment - and therefore when the loan was granted - Lora served as acting president. He also headed the managing council of the Fund to Support the Solvency of Strategic Companies affected by the pandemic. The decision of this body to grant or not the aid demanded by the companies was key to raising it to the Council of Ministers and it is likely that future proceedings will focus more on them than on the Sepi board of directors. The management council includes the aforementioned Ana de la Cueva, Aagesen or Paneque, the Secretary General for Industry,
and the vice president of Sepi. The director of Legal Affairs of Sepì,
, acts as secretary
The judge indicates in the order that "the complete file processed for the public aid of the Plus Ultra company should be required from the Sepi."
And also "the identification" of its members of the board of directors so that they are notified of the complaint and the opening of proceedings.
The Clean Hands complaint - which focused on the unjustified decision to consider this company strategic with a single plane - indicated that the Sepi board of directors could have committed crimes of embezzlement of public funds and influence peddling, although this crime does not appear in the resolution with which the judge opens the investigation.
In an extension of the complaint, the union chaired by
Miguel Bernad -
tried in the National Court in the Ausban case - added the possible crimes of corruption in business and against consumers against the president of the airline and the main shareholders of Venezuelan nationality .
The government has so far denied wrongdoing.
The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, has described Plus Ultra as "relevant" and "strategic" and justified the injection of 53 million through ordinary and convertible loans.
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
See links of interest
Home THE WORLD TODAY
Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Real Madrid
Chelsea - Brighton and Hove Albion