The judge investigating the case of the millionaire commissions coming out of contracts of purchase of sanitary material of the Madrid City Council has accepted the consistory, the PSOE and Podemos as accusations in the instruction, waiting for Más Madrid and its spokesperson Rita Maestre to provide a formal defect and can also appear in person. In his brief, the judge justifies this decision for the “general interest” of the case since, he adds, it is investigating “the management of the aforementioned funds in a matter as serious as the acquisition of medical supplies at the height of the crisis. COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands of deaths daily, and determine whether those funds benefited certain individuals to the detriment of citizens in general.”
Alberto Luceño, the unknown businessman who charged five million in commissions and betrayed his partner
The investigation started a few days ago after Court 47 admitted the complaint filed by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. As revealed exclusively by elDiario.es, the Public Ministry has been examining for more than a year the millionaire commissions charged by Luis Medina Abascal Y Alberto Luceno in exchange for mediating the arrival of masks, gloves and antibody tests to Madrid from China in the first weeks of the state of alarm. Three contracts signed with a Malaysian company and with huge premiums of which they charged six million in commissions. The person who put them in contact with the City Council was also a cousin of the mayor from the city.
The judge already decided blame the two businessmen and call them to testify on April 25 at the same time that their assets were seized. With the money from the commissions, according to the Anticorruption complaint, Medina bought a sailboat that he called "Feria", after his family dukedom, and Luceño bought, among other things, 12 cars and 3 luxury watches and a house in one of the most exclusive areas of the Community of Madrid. The objective, suspects the Prosecutor's Office, was to launder the loot after it arrived directly from Malaysia to their bank accounts in Madrid.
The case, in addition to the public accusation promoted by the Prosecutor's Office, will feature several popular accusations: the PSOE and its municipal group in the consistory and Podemos. For the moment, the magistrate has rejected the same request from Más Madrid and his spokesperson, Rita Maestre, for not having correctly provided the general power of attorney for lawsuits. The same magistrate offered shares to the Madrid City Council itself and in this order he also accepts the administration led by José Luis Martínez-Almeida as a private prosecution.
The instructor justifies the inclusion of these accusations in the type of facts that are investigated. "The crimes investigated not only affect public funds, but also have a general interest and enormous public repercussion," explains the judge. In fact, he adds, the management of money from the municipal coffers is being investigated "in a matter as serious as the acquisition of medical supplies at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands of deaths daily, and to determine whether Those funds benefited certain private individuals to the detriment of the generality of citizens.”