The former president of the CEOE, Gerardo Díaz-Ferrán, has been sentenced by the first section of the Provincial Court of Palma to a seven-month prison sentence for crimes of alteration of auctions and public contests and prevarication, which can be replaced by the payment of a fine of 2,640 euros. The ex-leader of the employer's association has acknowledged that he participated in various actions to favor his company Trapsayates and alter the mooring contest of the port of Mahon (Menorca). The trial for the case Sea Blau it was held in the first section of the Provincial Court of Palma eleven years after the investigation began.
Díaz-Ferrán has come to the hearing, held this Wednesday in Palma, which has been resolved with a sentence dictated "in voce" by the court rapporteur after the defenses of the twelve defendants reached an agreement in accordance with the anti-corruption prosecution . The former president of the employers has moved to the island since it is in semi-freedom regime after last summer the central court of Penitentiary Surveillance of the National Court I granted him the second degree after serving a third of his sentence to more than eight years in prison.
This Wednesday, Díaz-Ferrán has managed to evade the initial request of the prosecution of three and a half years in prison and only have to pay fines totaling 2,640 euros. Next to him has been sentenced the former director of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands, Angel de Matías, who has been sentenced to nine months in jail, replaceable by a fine of 4,050 euros and businessman Pedro Hernández, who will pay 1,800 euros in exchange for not serve seven months in jail. The three defendants have benefited from the attenuating circumstance of highly qualified undue delays, since the case has been tried eleven years after the investigation started.
The prosecution has substantially reduced the penalties initially requested in its indictment. Of convictions that added 52 years of jail for the twelve defendants, it has happened to reach agreements with fines that hardly reach the 9,000 Euros. Anti-corruption has withdrawn the accusations about certain facts investigated, considering that there were not sufficient elements to allow prosecution. In addition, the defendants have seen reduced petitions for punishment to a degree by mitigating undue delay.
The three convicted have admitted that the late president of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands for the PP, Juan Verger, offered to alter in favor of the Maritime Club of Mahón the result of the contest by which the adjudication of the management of moorings was resolved in the Levante dock of the port of the town. To reverse the result illegally, it was proposed as a solution that the managers of the Maritime Club reach an agreement with the winning company, owned by Diaz-Ferrán, to renounce the award in exchange for 13,523 euros and three moorings of 27 meters of Length for fifteen years. The agreement was disguised through a contract for studies and reports.
During the trial, the court also acquitted nine people after the prosecution withdrew the accusation. Among them, who was president of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands with the PSOE, Francesc Triay. The prosecution has withdrawn the accusation on aspects of the investigation that referred to the gifts given to officials and also those related to the technical assistance contract for the master plan of the port of Mahón.