Luis Gálvez, the businessman accused by Luis Bárcenas Having delivered an envelope with 60,000 euros to finance Esperanza Aguirre’s 2007 autonomic campaign, he denied this Thursday before the judge of the Punic case that he had given that money or any other amount to the Popular Party, neither at the regional or state level, according to the legal sources consulted by elDiario.es. The president of the construction company Ploder has appeared as a defendant in the case that investigates the supposed box B of the autonomous formation after last February 24 the ex-treasurer of the PP pointed out him as a donor of one of Aguirre’s electoral campaigns.
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“The treasurer [Álvaro Lapuerta] and I, once we said goodbye to this man [Luis Gálvez], we went down together to the corner office on the first floor of Génova 13 and, in the presence of Francisco Granados and Beltrán Gutiérrez, Álvaro Lapuerta handed over to the president, Esperanza Aguirre, an envelope with 60,000 euros ”, stated Bárcenas in his Statement as a witness before Judge Manuel García Castellón, who assured that the businessman had come to the headquarters with that money and had asked that it be assigned to Aguirre’s campaign.
This statement led to the citation of the businessman as the accused, as the magistrate understood that it was about alleged facts not known so far and that the “assessment” of that statement required being able to “contrast” it with the person referred to. After transcending this statement, Aguirre affirmed that everything was a “outright lie” and he assured that he was going to sue Bárcenas.
Gálvez, who has responded for just over half an hour to the questions of the judge and the Anticorruption prosecutor Alejandro Cabaleiro, has affirmed that he did not deliver the aforementioned 60,000 euros or any other amount to the Popular Party and has assured never to have been at the headquarters of Genoa. In this regard, he has urged the magistrate to review the list of visitors to the national headquarters of the conservative party to verify that he was never there.
In addition, he has insisted that he only knows Bárcenas and Aguirre from having met them at dinners or events because, due to his status as a businessman, he has attended many public events. In addition, he has affirmed that he did not know Álvaro Lapuerta, alleged collector of the donations of businessmen to the party. Gálvez has acknowledged having made donations with his company, but “never” linked to political parties. The businessman also appears as a donor of the national PP in the ‘Bárcenas papers’. Those documents handwritten by the former treasurer include an alleged payment of 50,000 euros from Luis Gálvez on February 22, 2008 to box B in Genoa.
The construction company Ploder was part of the UTE to which the Executive of Aguirre awarded in June 2005 the contract for the construction and operation of the Infanta Leonor hospital, located in the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas. It was one of the seven built under the 2004-2007 Infrastructure Plan with a public-private system. This model consists of a conglomerate of companies constructing the building and, in return, receiving a fee for the works and for taking care of non-sanitary services such as cleaning, laundry or maintenance during the 30 years that the concession lasts.
Asked by the prosecutor, Gálvez has acknowledged the existence of the so-called 1% clause, by which public infrastructure construction companies were obliged to pay that percentage of the budget of each contract to pay for advertising campaigns that, according to the researchers, were carried out for a much lower cost or that were not even made. Supposedly, that money ended up totally or partially diverted to the coffers of the PP in Madrid or to the pockets of some of its leaders.
The Púnica summary attributes to Manuel Lamela, the man Aguirre placed at the head of the Ministry of Health in 2003, the role of ideologue of that 1% clause “in collusion with the senior leaders”, although he has denied that this “accessory clause” is irregular and has assured that it was used as a mechanism to “assume” a communication task that was necessary to publicize the six new hospitals that Aguirre inaugurated in the months before the autonomic ones of 2007
Asked about this question, Gálvez has affirmed that he only knows Lamela by sight and has said that he does not know if the winners of those works were the ones who chose the advertising company that was going to be in charge of the campaigns. In any case, it has recognized that the construction companies that supposedly paid for that advertising did not control whether the campaigns were actually carried out and in what way, assure sources familiar with the content of that statement.
Gálvez has also affirmed that this was not the only public work of which he was awarded in the Community of Madrid between 2004 and 2008, although he has said that he did not remember how many it was presented. In addition to the aforementioned hospital, his company was also awarded the works of some garages of the Madrid Metro, for 13 million euros; a health center and a police station. The businessman has also affirmed that he was part of the CEOE employer’s association and that between 2005 and 2007 he held a position of responsibility in CEIM, the Madrid division, although he did not remember which one.