The judge of the National Court, Manuel García-Castellón, has proposed to try the former Repsol Corporate Security Director Rafael Araujo and the former CaixaBank Security Chief Miguel Ángel Fernández Rancaño for entrusting the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo to spy on the former president of Sacyr Luis del Rivero, reports Europa Press.
The National Court files the case against Repsol, CaixaBank, Brufau and Fainé for the hiring of Commissioner Villarejo
In the order that ends the investigation, the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 also processes Villarejo himself, his partner Rafael Redondo, the police officer Enrique García Castaño and the deputy director of Support Services of the Corporate Security Directorate of Repsol Rafael Girona. In the same way, García Castellón agrees to dismiss four other former Repsol and Caixa executives since, once all the pertinent procedures have been carried out, it concludes that there are not enough elements to attribute the commission of the crimes under investigation.
All this within the framework of piece number 21 of ‘Tándem’, in which the commissioner has been investigated to dismantle “a syndication strategy” by Luis Del Rivero, then president of Sacyr Vallehermoso, “to partner with Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) “in order to obtain” almost a third “of Repsol’s shares and gain control of it, according to the summary.
Last July, García Castellón exempted the commercial companies Repsol and CaixaBank from responsibility in hiring the corrupt police, as well as the current president of the oil company, Antonio Brufau, and the former president of the bank and former vice president of the energy company, Isidro Fainé, with the argument that the orders to Villarejo – despite the fact that in this case they were aimed at preventing another company from taking control of the energy company – did not fall within its sphere of control, but rather that of its security directors.
The Cenyt Group – the company with which Villarejo received espionage orders that he carried out using his status as a public official – received for this order payments from Repsol and Caixabank companies amounting to 413,600 euros, of which 218,900 correspond to Repsol payments and 194,700 to Caixabank.
According to the judge, both merchants resorted to the services of Cenyt, but the responsibility for this hiring fell on their respective security chiefs, who acted without receiving “instructions.” The magistrates explained that, in view of the proceedings carried out, the security directors had a high degree of organizational and contractual autonomy. In this sense, adds the judge, both investigated “had wide margins of contracting, decision and order of payments in relation to the field of security of the aforementioned companies.”