The head of the Gürtel, Francisco Correa, sentenced to 51 years in prison for the illicit activity of the first years of the plot, he has sent a letter from the Valdemoro prison to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in which he implicates former senior officials of the PP in the Madrid town of Boadilla del Monte in their illegal activities, according to advanced The country. This piece of the Gürtel case, relating to the period from 2005 to 2009 and in which the PP will once again sit on the bench as a profit-making participant, will begin to be judged in September. According to judge José De la Mata, Gürtel “came in practice to direct all public contracting” of Boadilla, a historic fiefdom of the regional PP.
Francisco Correa says he is sorry and affirms that he wants to “continue collaborating” with Justice
In that letter sent to Anticorrupción, Correa affirms that the facts reflected in the indictment of the Prosecutor’s Office are “true” and details the corruption from which certain ex-officers of the PP benefited. In this sense, he declares that he paid alleged commissions to the former mayor of Boadilla Arturo González Panero, whom he defines as a person as “an excessive, disproportionate ambition, with an inexplicable lack and lack of morality” and with whom he had a “very complicated relationship “Because” he did not keep his word or code at all. ” “He promised and guaranteed contracts left and right, changed awards even having promised them to a businessman and later another businessman improved the gift, said which his performance could be summarized as” amoral, “he says.
According to his account, these commissions were paid “in kind” – “trips, clothes, gifts” – and were channeled through Isabel Jordán, who was the administrator of four companies in the Gürtel network, who had “powers” given by him “To decide the gifts in kind of the different jobs that he entrusted to us”. Correa affirms he entered the Boadilla town hall, where he placed friends of his in the Municipal Housing Company, through the PP MEP Ricardo Galeote and the former mayor of Majadahonda Guillermo Ortega, also convicted in the trial of Gürtel’s early days.
“I acted as an intermediary between the entrepreneurs of construction or service companies and the mayor’s office, as well as with the Municipal Housing Company. I negotiated the percentage margin of each award and when the hiring materialized, the employer gave me the cash and I always gave Arturo González Panero [alcalde] or to Tomás Martín Morales [presidente de la Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda] depending on which body was bidding for the tender: the mayor’s office or the Housing Company. As a significant fact: the mayor received a gift in any of the cases, that is to say always ”, he affirms in his writing.
“Sorry” for the crimes committed
This letter is prior to the one recently submitted to the Penitentiary Surveillance judge in which he asked “forgiveness” for the crimes committed and showed his repentance. “At a certain point in my life I had access to ways to earn money illicitly and easily, when I had to abstain from such practices,” it said in that document.
He also claimed to have authorized the repatriation of the money he had hidden in Switzerland. Although he does not cite the amount, he alluded to the 24 million euros that, according to the National Court, are “blocked” in the account of the company Golden Chain Properties, SA, which was integrated into its corporate network and which would be managed by the administrator Arturo Fasana account. Correa, who has been serving a sentence for eight years, acknowledged that his conduct “has no justification” even in a context of generalized corruption – in which he excused himself in the past – since “many others in that situation abstained from committing crimes.” .
It is not the first that Correa offers to collaborate with Justice. On October 13, 2016, in his interrogation at the Gürtel trial, he reiterated this provision and confessed that business donations to the PP were in exchange for awards. That revelation, together with that of one of those donors, businessman Alfonso García Pozuelo, allowed the National Court to reopen on March 1, 2017 the so-called bribery route, which investigates the correlation between the black money injected into the PP and specific awards . Except for García Pozuelo, all the businessmen who are the object of the investigations have denied the payments and have rejected the existence of a general system of corruption of the construction companies with the party.
The then instructor, José de la Mata, again cited Correa as investigated after he repeated over and over again in the trial his willingness to collaborate with the Justice. But the leader of the Gürtel, who had thrown the stone in the trial, hid his hand before De la Mata on the grounds that he had already declared “fifteen hours” at the aforementioned hearing. Namely, refused to pull the blanket, which buried the hope of the accusations of knowing the secrets of the irregular financing of the PP that are still being investigated in the National Court.