March 7, 2021

The builder who confessed payments to the PP silent in Congress

The builder who confessed payments to the PP silent in Congress



Alfonso García-Pozuelo, the builder who recognized the payment of bites to the PP in exchange for awards of major works, declined to respond on Tuesday to the questions of the deputies. The businessman was quoted in the commission of investigation on the irregular financing of the PP. In March of 2017 he already refused to answer the questions made by the judge of the National Court José de la Mata in the case on box B of the PP. As on that occasion, the employer accepted his right to "remain silent" by hiding himself in the various cases opened against him in court.

The former owner of Constructora Hispánica, a company with strong ties to the PP, reached a pact with the Prosecutor's Office during the trial on the first time of the Gürtel plot. He admitted then having given money to Francisco Correa "for central agencies," without further explanation. "Once Correa told me that Mr. Luis Bárcenas participated in those funds," he added. He was sentenced to two years in prison for the crimes of bribery and prevarication commutable by a fine of 275,000 euros.

In addition, the builder figures in the papers of Bárcenas as a donor of amounts that add 258,161 euros to the B box of the PP between December 1998 and April 2006. As for the rest of the entrepreneurs, the cause was filed against him because it was impossible to prove that the donations in B were made in exchange for specific awards, so that the crime of bribery could not be proven.

However, the case was reopened two years later, in March of 2017, precisely as a result of the confessions made in the trial about the first time of Gürtel both García-Pozuelo himself and Francisco Correa, considered the ringleader of the plot. As on this occasion, the constructor, who was again called to testify as an accused, refused to answer the judge's questions.

Álvarez Cascos, also quoted

As of 12.30, Francisco Álvarez Cascos is quoted, who was secretary general of the PP with José María Aznar. Specifically, he held that position for a decade, between 1989 and 1999, which coincided with Álvaro Lapuerta as treasurer and with Luis Bárcenas, who at that time was already in the finance department of Genoa.

Cascos was also part of the Aznar government in the eight years of his term (1996-2004), the first half as political vice president and the other half as head of development. Later he faced Mariano Rajoy and founded the Asturias Forum, with which he became president of the Principality for one year.

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