The first judge of the Punic operation , in which Francisco Granados is being investigated , ordered in 2015 the seizure of the works of art seized in Switzerland from another of the main defendants, David Marjaliza. Six years later, the National Court has asked the Swiss country to make them available to the Spanish Justice.
He has done so at the request of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office and with the approval of Marjaliza himself , partner of the former Madrid councilor and former leader of the Madrid PP Francisco Granados and who has been collaborating in this cause for years.
In a car, the current magistrate in charge of the investigations, Manuel García Castellón, has ordered to release a rogatory commission to Switzerland to send “all the works of art and the collection of fountain pens” seized from Marjaliza, among which are According to the aforementioned newspaper, almost twenty paintings, four sculptures and 185 pens, all valued at 15.6 million euros.
Works of art obtained with the “corruption deals”
More than six years ago, on March 4, 2015, the first judge who was in charge of the investigation, Eloy Velasco , agreed to the seizure of these objects and in June Marjaliza, who showed his repentance months after being arrested along with Granados in 2014, accepted his repatriation, who has recently done it again.
Those works of art, allegedly obtained with the builder’s “corruption deals” , were deposited under his orders in a warehouse in the name of a company based in Singapore, at the head of which Marjaliza placed a person of Thai nationality and another of Singaporean nationality, explains the judge’s order.
This allowed him to “cover himself as the effective beneficiary of the works and collectibles” and is what “has been preventing the Swiss judicial authorities from authorizing the repatriation of said objects of great value ” because it concealed Marjaliza as the “real owner of the objects. deposited in the free warehouse of Geneva “.
Delivery to the Spanish authorities
In order to release the rogatory commission, the virtual meeting held last April by representatives of the Spanish and Swiss Prosecutors’ Offices, where the latter conveyed to the prosecutors of the case “its willingness to positively inform the transfer of the works of art from the free deposit, for delivery to the Spanish authorities “.
At the end of last month, the judge concluded the investigation of four of the nine pieces that remained open in the Punic case , although he agreed to continue investigating at least three more months in the alleged irregular financing of the PP in Madrid, where they are accused, in addition to Granados, former regional presidents Esperanza Aguirre and Ignacio González .