The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office will not investigate the public contracts of the Community of Madrid on sanitary material that the European Prosecutor's Office does investigate. The Public Ministry has informed United We Can that it refuses to open a criminal investigation into the award of contracts totaling 18 million to buy medical supplies in the midst of a pandemic from two companies that have nothing to do with the health sector.
The largest supplier of the Ifema hospital was a company that sells alcoholic beverages with gold dust
The prosecutor Antonio Romeral assures, in a letter to which elDiario.es has had access, that "the complainant does not provide any information or documentation" that could point to the fact that any public official of the Community "has facilitated the achievement of the contracts or propitiated irregularities in its processing. His complaint, adds the Anti-Corruption prosecutor, is based on "the suspicion that the opacity instills in him" in the annual accounts of one of the companies.
That suspicion, says prosecutor Antonio Romeral, "cannot be the basis of the investigation that it demands." Doing so, he adds, would mean launching a "prospective" investigation. The complaint was filed by Alejandra Jacinto, deputy for Ione Belarra's party in the Madrid Assembly.
The Anticorruption decision transcends hours after the decision of the European Public Prosecutor to admit two complaints from United We Can and open investigations into the two winning companies. A total of seven contracts that exceed 18 million euros awarded for the urgent procedure to a company in the luxury wine sector (Vin Doré 24K) and another in the audiovisual sector (Air Global Media) to supply the IFEMA warehouse with material healthcare in the first weeks of the pandemic.
The European Public Prosecutor's Office explains in its writings that both award processes could have been a fraud against European funds, taking into account that all these contracts were financed with community funds. For the moment, this body has decided not to charge anyone "prematurely" and has announced that it will launch proceedings.
Isabel Diaz Ayuso's brother
The Anti-Corruption Department, headed by Alejandro Luzón, had admitted studying complaints and suspicions of fraud and scams in this type of contract in various administrations. The first case to be made public was that of the €1.5 million contract awarded by the Community of Madrid to a company, Priviet Sportive, without any experience in the health sector and directed by a personal friend of Isabel Díaz Ayuso's family. An operation in which the brother of the regional president charged a commission.
Shortly after, the Public Ministry agreed to study also a series of complaints from the Community of Madrid itself about contracts awarded by the central executive. Contracts and aid that, according to journalistic information cited by Díaz Ayuso's complaint, had gone to companies linked to members of the Government such as José Luis Ábalos or Nadia Calviño or even the father of President Pedro Sánchez.
It was the same Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office that brought businessmen Alberto Luceño and Luis Medina to justice, accused of charging millionaire commissions from various Madrid City Council contracts to buy masks, gloves and tests in March 2020. The Public Ministry finalized and signed his complaint in the Madrid courts one day after elDiario.es revealed the investigations into what has finally become the case masks.