The judge of the ‘Neurona’ case, in which the alleged illegal financing of Podemos is being investigated, has agreed to reopen the investigation into the alleged bonuses that the manager and the party treasurer, Rocío Esther Val and Daniel de Frutos, respectively, would have charged. by questioning whether the former had powers to approve salary supplements.
The judge of the ‘Neurona case’ files the investigation into the alleged bonuses in Podemos
The head of the Court of Instruction Number 42 of Madrid, Juan José Escalonilla, has estimated an appeal by Vox against the order of March 11 in which he agreed to the provisional dismissal of the case in relation to the alleged crime of unfair administration imputed to Val for implementing salary supplements and for the payment of travel expenses both to herself and to De Frutos.
Thus, Escalonilla has annulled this temporary dismissal and has ordered new proceedings in which he cites the former manager Pablo Manuel Fernández Alarcón to testify as a witness on May 21. The magistrate has taken the decision against the opinion of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Community of Madrid, which estimated at the beginning of April that there was “no indication of the crime of unfair administration denounced.”
The judge has also asked Podemos to deliver the party’s 2018 statutes; the 2019 budget execution report, detailing the items that reflect salary supplements; and the personal data of the workers who received said bonuses.
Lack of ability
The instructor has embraced the argument raised by Vox that Val would not have the ability to set salary supplements. Escalonilla himself has explained in his car – to which Europa Press has had access – that, although he had concluded that the manager did have that power, “from the documentary presented it is possible to reach different conclusions”.
“In this sense, the certificates of the agreements of the Coordination Council of Podemos dated April 17 and 24, 2017 (…) prove that the salary scale was approved by the Coordination Council at the proposal of the manager, which incidentally accredits that the latter did not have the power to approve the salary scale and, therefore, it is understood that to implement salary supplements that alter said scale, “the judge pointed out.