A Spanish police officer warned the Private Bank of Andorra that if they collaborated they could stop the intervention of the Bank of Spain

A chief inspector of the Spanish National Police, Interior Attaché at the Spanish embassy in Andorra, alerted the leaders of the Private Bank of that country (BPA) that the Bank of Spain was preparing to inspect its subsidiary in Madrid, but that they could avoid it if they collaborated with them, as stated in the summary of the open case in Andorra about the coercion of the political police to obtain bank details of the Pujol family, to which they have had access the Ser Chain.

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The summary contains recordings between the Police inspector, named Celestino Barroso, and the CEO of the BPA, Joan Pau Miquel. In one of the documented conversations, the police officer informs the businessman that he is “the bearer of a message from Madrid”: “The Bank of Spain is going to inspect the Bank of Madrid [filial de BPA], and they will load it. And there is an American company willing to buy the bank as soon as the Bank of Spain charges the Bank of Madrid. But they tell me that it is up to you that this comes to nothing, that the inspection is stopped and that everything continues as it is today. As long as you guys agree to something I don't know about."

According to the case, the businessman defends the bank's honesty, but the Spanish police and diplomatic personnel reiterate that the Bank of Spain is going to intervene in the BPA subsidiary: "There are Americans willing to take over once the Bank of Spain Spain gives the hack, and that all this can be paralyzed as long as you agree..., that it is in your power to stop it. In his hand. What is going to be asked of them, I don't know." It is then that Barroso invites him to meet with a certain Félix Rodríguez, “as a representative of the Spanish State”.

That Félix Rodríguez, according to the information, is actually Marcelino Martín Blas, charged both in Kitchen and in the Andorra case, for allegedly being one of those responsible for the Interior political police. Martín Blas was chief commissioner of the Internal Affairs Unit at the time. Both meet at the Villamagna Hotel in Madrid on June 6 of that year. There, according to the version that Miquel provides in his statements, Martín Blas tells him that the Spanish State is at war against Catalan nationalism “and that he wanted information about” Artur Mas, Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Pujol “. He also insists that "they were going to destroy the bank" and "that everything was done and that it was about undoing".

Contamination to the US anti-money laundering authority

The investigation that is being carried out in Andorra also suspects that the Spanish State contaminated the reports of the American anti-laundering institution Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) with false data, which were decisive for the intervention a year after the BPA and its subsidiary, Banco de Madrid . Subsequent investigations showed that not one of those investigated in the Emperor, Petrov and Petroli operations laundered money. Despite this, Luis de Guindos, then Minister of Economy of the Spanish Government, gave the order to intervene in the bank, which went bankrupt. According to the station, the remains of the entity were sold to a North American vulture fund, JC Flowes.

The case later went to court. Of the 9,300 clients of the entity, only one case of money laundering could be demonstrated, so the cases against BPA were filed. Now, those affected are claiming in the case in which former President Mariano Rajoy, former Minister of the Interior Jorge Fernández Díaz and former Minister of Finance Cristóbal Montoro are charged that the Spanish State be considered subsidiary civil liability for the closure of those entities and asks them also 141 million euros.

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