The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office has asked the judge of the National Court that is instructing the Tandem case, Manuel García-Castellón, to summon the president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, as investigated, to answer in court about his possible participation in the contract of the services of commissioner José Manuel Villarejo for the electricity company, according to El Confidencial and confirmed by Europa Press.
The Police indicate that Iberdrola paid Commissioner Villarejo 232,000 euros for spying on Florentino Pérez
According to the same media, the Public Ministry is also interested in the imputation of Iberdrola’s ‘number two’, Francisco Martínez Córcoles, the former president of Iberdrola Spain, Fernando Becker, and the former head of the Presidential Cabinet Rafael Orbegozo.
This request, to which the magistrate must now respond, comes after the Iberdrola shareholders’ meeting was held, and after a new Internal Affairs report was incorporated into the case in May in which conversations held between the commissioner and the head of Security of Iberdrola Antonio Asenjo. In them the curator referred at different times to “don Ignacio” or the “gentleman” in the framework of the ‘Arrow’ project, one of the commissions he carried out.
The Prosecutor’s report also comes shortly after the Executive Commission delegated by the board of directors of Iberdrola decided to place the administrators and employees of the company, including Galán, at the disposal of the Central Court of Instruction number 6, before which the Proceedings of piece 17 to testify and assist in the completion of the investigation.
It did so by means of a relevant fact sent to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), in which the energy company indicates that the highest body of the company, for “the best protection of the social interest, on the basis of the confirmation of the conclusions reached in the aforementioned internal investigations and in keeping with its intention to forward any relevant information to the Court, “it adopted the decision to place the administrators and employees of the company at the disposal of the Court investigating the case.
In this way, he requested the appearance of the leadership of the energy company “to the extent that it considers it necessary and as soon as possible”, to provide its testimony and, in this way “facilitate the completion of the ongoing investigation.”
The electricity company had sent a letter to the judge in the Villarejo case, Manuel García-Castellón, in which it made available to him the statement of any of those responsible, including President Ignacio Sánchez Galán. The company complains about the “attacks” against “the reputation and good name of the company” by former employees and “competitors” since a piece of the Tandem case was opened two years ago to investigate the contracts of the company. electricity with Commissioner Villarejo.
The Internal Affairs Unit of the National Police concluded in a report, incorporated into the summary of separate piece number 17 of the Tandem case, that Iberdrola paid 1.13 million euros between 2004 and 2017 to Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo to finance a dozen covert operations. The commissioner allegedly carried out espionage work against the president of ACS, Florentino Pérez, for which the first Spanish electricity company paid him 232,000 euros.