Judge Juan José Escalonilla, in charge of the ‘Neurona’ case, has again agreed to file the investigation against former Podemos manager Rocío Esther Val, initially accused of alleged crimes of unfair administration. Escalonilla was investigating the salary bonuses and reimbursed expenses that Val authorized and that former Podemos lawyer José Manuel Calvente described in his complaint – from which the ‘Neurona’ case started – as possible bonuses.
As recorded in a June 18 order to which Europa Press has had access, the magistrate has taken into consideration the statement as a witness of the former party manager Pablo Manuel Fernández Alarcón, who stated that Val was empowered to implement salary supplements as there was no internal rule that would prevent it; It has also analyzed the documentation provided by Podemos to the cause, including the Code of Ethics for training.
“Given the serious interpretative doubts about the powers of said manager, the approval of the implementation of said salary supplement by the Coordination Council, and the lack of complaint by the owner of the managed assets [Podemos], it is not possible to appreciate the alleged commission by Rocío Esther Val of the crime of unfair administration that is imputed to him, “he said.
The judge also explained in his resolution that the former manager of Podemos “did not implement in her payroll and in the payroll of the Party’s Head of Finance and Transparency, Daniel de Frutos Ramírez, two salary supplements, but only one, specifically that of Coordination Executive for an amount of 400 euros, since the salary supplement for responsibility had already been created during the categorization process of the employees of said political party “.
The head of the Court of Instruction number 42 of Madrid had already agreed in March to provisionally archive this line of investigation, concluding that Val could agree on the supposed bonuses that she would have created for her and other positions of the ‘purple’ training, but before an appeal by Vox, he reopened the case.
At that time, the judge alleged that the new documentation provided by Podemos led one to think “incidentally” that in reality the manager would not have the power to approve the salary scale and, therefore, not to modify it by creating bonuses.