"I thought that Carlos Martínez-Almeida could have information"

The president of the CIS private university, María Díaz de la Cebosa, told the judge in the mask case that she thought of Carlos Martínez-Almeida to put him in contact with the commission agent Luis Medina because he "could have information about the process" to offer medical supplies to the City of Madrid. The circumstance occurs, according to Díaz de la Cebosa, that when Almeida's cousin was told, he already knew that there was "a generic mail" for that matter in the local Administration. Carlos Martínez-Almeida is the mayor's cousin, he works as a private lawyer and has no position or role in the Madrid City Council.

elDiario.es has had access to the video of Díaz de la Cebosa's statement as a witness in the mask case. In the turn of the lawyer for Más Madrid, she asks the witness why she thought that Carlos Martínez-Almeida could provide her with a contact or information from the City Council “without having to ask her cousin”: “At that time there was a lot of talk about that companies or entities were going to have information so that people who could donate could go”. She then adds as a reason to turn to Almeida's cousin because he is "a person of principles."

The witness explains to the judge that she has been related to Luis Medina since the early 2000s because he was the son of the Duke of Feria and Naty Abascal studied "communication" at his university. The judge asks her if all the alumni – the University currently has 300 – have the president's telephone number, and she replies that “some do”. She also assures that she has not seen Luis Medina for four or five years.

On the other hand, María Díaz de la Cebosa assures that she knows Carlos Martínez-Almeida because she entrusted her law firm with the creation of the delegation in Spain of the Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy Foundation and that later she remained as non-employer secretary in a position "unpaid". Díaz de la Cebosa assures that he did not put Luis Medina in contact with anyone from the Community of Madrid because he does not know anyone in this institution, despite the fact that, as the PSOE lawyer reminds him, Gaspar Cienfuegos Jovellanos, her husband, was high charge for decades, always with the PP, of the public water company Canal de Isabel II.

María Díaz de la Cebosa adds in her statement that she was aware of and was pleased with the arrival of the material because of the link to a piece of news that Luis Medina sent her and that she never suspected that he was seeking to take a commission. “When the material arrived, we didn't believe it,” she adds.

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