The former president of Bankia and Caja Madrid Rodrigo Rato has asked the Audit Room of the National Court to suspend temporarily his entry into prison after the judgment of the case of the 'black cards' while preparing the appeal for amparo before the Constitutional Court (TC).
According to legal sources told Europa Press, the also former vice-president of the Government and others condemned by the 'black cards' has presented several writings before this Chamber for try to delay the application of the sentence for which he should serve four and a half years in prison for the continued crime of misappropriation.
It is the Enforcement Room that must process the request of the condemned. Once the writings have been received, they are sent to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, which must issue a report in favor or against the requests for suspension of the execution of the sentence. The last word will be the court that condemned them, that is, the Fourth Section of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court.
Sources of the Public Ministry have indicated to Europa Press that they are evaluating the request of Rato and the rest of the convicts who have decided exhaust the judicial way before entering prison, but have not yet issued a report on this.
However, the deadlines are very tight, since Rato has until this Thursday, October 25, at nine o'clock in the morning to enter prison, as some other convicted persons did for the same case as former Secretary of State of Hacienda Estanislao Rodríguez Ponga and the ex-manager of CC.OO. Antonio Rey de Viñas.
Therefore, according to the sources consulted, it is expected a pronouncement of the Fourth Section, which has received this Monday the request made by Rato, in the next two days.