The judge investigating the Villarejo case has decided to file the case against the president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sanchez Galan. The magistrate understands that all the crimes related to the hiring of Commissioner Villarejo for alleged espionage work would already be prescribed and, therefore, he cannot be tried.
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The judge investigating the multiple separate pieces of the Tandem case understands that, in another similar case of another defendant, the Criminal Chamber has ordered the file by prescription. "The forcefulness of this resolution leaves no room for action for this instructor, who had repeatedly dismissed the requests for dismissal and filing made by the investigated Mr. Sánchez Galán, in different resolutions," lamented the magistrate.
The file of the Criminal Chamber considers the request of Sánchez Galán, until now investigated in this procedure for the crimes of continued active bribery, crime against privacy and continued crime of falsehood in a commercial document committed by an individual.
According to the magistrate, Sánchez Galán's accusation is linked to the projects of the alleged Villarejo criminal organization called Arrow (from 2004 to 2006), Black Board or BB (years 2004 and 2005,) and the Gipsy and Posy Projects (year 2009), when he served, first as Vice President and CEO of Iberdrola, and then, since 2006, as President of the company. The work, the order exposes, would have been carried out by Villarejo through the Cenyt Group while he was in active service in the National Police Corps.
García Castellón assures that he bases his order the file of the case regarding Sánchez Galán on the order of the Third Section of the Criminal Chamber 266/2022, of June 3, in which the magistrates resolved the appeal of another investigated for crimes of active bribery, against privacy and continued falsehood in a commercial document committed by an individual for events that took place until March 2009.
In that order of the Chamber, regarding director Rafael Orbegozo, the magistrates indicated that “it is evident that the only fact attributed to (…) would be prescribed in accordance with arts. 130.6 and 131 and 132.1 of the Criminal Code, as more than ten years have elapsed between March 2009 and June 23, 2021, which is when”. Therefore, the Chamber agreed to the prescription as an extinctive circumstance of responsibility and free dismissal.
“The forcefulness of this resolution leaves no room for action for this instructor, who had repeatedly rejected the requests for dismissal and filing made by the investigated Mr. Sánchez Galán, in different resolutions (the last one on 03/11/2022, ”says the judge.
García Castellón indicates that the participation of Sánchez Galán in the facts investigated would comprise a temporary period that would last until the year 2009, for which reason, in view of the literal tenor of the decision of the Third Section referred to "we must verify that more than ten years have elapsed between the date on which the last imputed act was committed and the date of his summons as investigated.”
“It can be concluded according to the transcribed arguments that the crimes charged to José Ignacio Sánchez Galán would be prescribed, so there would be no other option than to declare the presence of this circumstance that extinguishes responsibility, and thereby order the free dismissal”, he concludes. The magistrate.
In the same order and with the same argument, the magistrate also agrees to the dismissal of two other investigators, José Luis San Pedro Guerenabarrena and Juan Carlos Rebollo, for the crime of bribery, although for the coercion in relation to the complaint of the director Del Olmo, agrees to refer him to a court in Bilbao for not being competent to instruct these facts.