The Judge Must Decide Whether To Investigate Repsol For Hiring Villarejo
The judge must decide whether to investigate Repsol for hiring Villarejo. Anti-corruption sends a letter to García-Castellón in which it appreciates possible indications of an active bribery crime.
The magistrate of the National Court, Manuel García-Castellón, must decide whether to investigate Repsol for hiring former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo to spy on the former president of the construction company Sacyr Vallehermoso, Luis del Rivero .
This step is a consequence of the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in the ‘ Tándem ‘ case, which has sent a report to García-Castellón. In it, the public prosecutor asks that the president of Repsol, Antoni Brufau, as well as that of Fundación Bancaria La Caixa y Criteria – CaixaBank’s main shareholder – Isidro Fainé, be imputed within the framework of separate piece number 21.
In This is investigating the commission by both companies of the Ibex 35 to the retired commissioner to spy on the then president of Sacyr Vallehermoso Luis del Rivero.
According to the newspaper ‘El Mundo’, in their writing the prosecutors appreciate indications that they could commit a crime of active bribery , and now the magistrate must decide whether to summon them to testify as defendants, something that will be known, according to legal sources , next week, Europa Press reports.
As explained by the Public Ministry, the commission to the former commissioner amounted to 389,400 euros, each company facing half of said amount and hiding it, “at least partially, by manipulating the concepts of the invoices.”
The Anticorruption brief, which reproduces in part ‘El Confidencial’, explains that the espionage was baptized as the ‘Wine’ project and was carried out between 2011 and 2012, all to investigate the maneuvers of the former president of Sacyr to seize it. control of Repsol with the help of the Mexican oil company Pemex.
This scenario implied, ‘de facto’, the takeover of Repsol by Del Rivero and Pemex, which had CaixaBank as its reference shareholder, with the consequences that this entailed for the president of the oil company and his main partner.
Faced with the situation created, the two companies, according to the Anticorruption report, tried to “react in different ways, one of which was the hiring of the Cenyt Group – at whose head he was, despite being on active duty in the National Corps of Police, the investigated José Manuel Villarejo Pérez— to carry out an investigation on Luis del Rivero and his surroundings with which to frustrate the agreement he had reached with the Mexican Pemex. “