The Supreme Court affirms that "there is no doubt" that the system that the executives of Caja Madrid set up to distribute cards black It was illegal. In the sentence of 456 folios known today, the Supreme Court condemns the former president of the entity, Rodrigo Rato, to four and a half years in prison, and another 63 people – former directors and ex-members of the Board of Directors of the Savings Bank – to jail sentences that range between three months and four years.
In 31 of these cases the penalties have been reduced to estimate the Supreme that mitigating compensation for damage applied to the convicted who returned the money should be understood in the category of highly qualified and not simple, as established by the National Court for those who entered the money directly to the harmed ones (FROB or Bankia).
These reductions are, in some cases, substantial, as is the case with Ildefonso Sánchez Barcoj, who benefits most from the review of his sentence. He was general director of the entity and, according to the ruling of the National Court, "collaborator and accomplice of the operation". The Hearing condemned him for two crimes, misappropriation and complicity of misappropriation and imposed two and a half years in jail. Now the Supreme Court reduces the sentence to one year less a day of prison because he does not consider him guilty of the second crime and applies the mitigating very qualified and not the simple.
In his case there is also Antonio Cámara Eguinoa, member of the Control Commission of Caja Madrid appointed at the proposal of the PP, which was sentenced to two and a half years and the Supreme Court reduces the penalty to one year less one day.
Some of the penalty reductions will hardly have consequences for the condemned. Five of them, to whom the Court had sentenced to one year in prison, now have one year less a day in prison. This is Ricardo Romero de Tejada, councilor appointed by the PP; Ignacio de Navasqües, counselor appointed by the workers; José Manuel Fernández Norniella, councilor appointed by the PP; Ramón Espinar, counselor at the proposal of the PSOE, and Matías Amat Roca, general director of Businesses of the entity.
In addition to Rodrigo Rato, another 17 ex-directors or ex-advisors of the entity have sentences of more than two years in prison, so they are likely to have to go to prison. The highest penalties are two years and six months in prison.
In the graph above you can consult the penalties imposed by the Supreme Court and the comparison with those imposed by the National Court.