A technical report from the Central Cybercrime Unit of the National Police accredits that the “majority” of the files that Podemos contributed to the judge of the ‘Neurona case’ to justify that the services billed to the Mexican consulting firm actually correspond to work that this company did for the party were created or modified on dates close to the general dates of April 2019. The report, to which elDiario.es has had access, also confirms that a “high number” of these documents were created or edited on computers configured with time zones on the continent American.
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The agents reached this conclusion after analyzing a total of 1,082 files: 709 images, 304 videos and 69 documents. The party contributed 1,471, but the police officers have only analyzed those that contain “metadata relevant to the investigation.” After doing so, they affirm that “it can be observed” how “most” of the files have been “created” or “modified” between the months of “March and April 2019”. Specifically, 954 of them were created and 966 published on those dates. The report specifies that “if a file is not modified after its creation, the modification date coincides with the creation date.”
The contract between Podemos and Neurona Comunidad SL for the April 2019 general elections amounted to 363,000 euros and constitutes the center of the investigation carried out by Judge Juan José Escalonilla as a result of a complaint by the dismissed lawyer of Podemos José Manuel Calvente. The magistrate, who keeps the party accused, doubts that it corresponds to services actually rendered and suspects that it may be “simulated.” The Prosecutor’s Office also understands that “there are elements that determine that the justification for this expense has not been proven, also resulting in that it is a company created” ad hoc “for the provision of the service.” The company was registered in the Mercantile Registry of Seville on April 4, 2019, just three weeks before the generals.
Podemos has always defended that the consultant Neurona performed the jobs that were paid and thus he tried to justify it by delivering the aforementioned files to the judge. Last November, in his statement as a defendant before the judge, the Secretary of Communication of Podemos and responsible for the last two electoral campaigns, Juan Manuel del Olmo, defended this version and ignored the use that society would have given to those funds. Del Olmo, a man very close to the current vice president Pablo Iglesias, explained that he opted for the hiring of Neurona because it offered him confidence in his professionalism.
The magistrate and the Prosecutor’s Office are also investigating the payments that Neurona made in dates close to the 2019 elections to a digital technology company based in Dallas —Creative Advice Interactive— for a total amount of 308,257.20 euros “when transfers of the coalition are manifestly superior ”. To questions from the investigators, Del Olmo dissociated himself from these subscriptions and assured that he was unaware of the existence of that company until he saw it in the press linked to this cause.
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More recently, a UDEF report links this contract with the payment of 26,200 euros by Neurona to Juan Carlos Monedero. The magistrate suspects that the invoice, from December 2018 and declared to the Treasury, may be false. The judge has not specified for the moment if he refers to the fact that the payment to Monedero is an alleged bite in exchange for the contract of Podemos with the consultant or what crime he appreciates in said conduct. He has cited the founder of Podemos as investigated on March 15.
This week, the party presented a letter to the court in which it charges against the UDEF, which it accuses of investigating with preconceived ideas. Thus, Podemos alleges that the police report that has served as the basis for the judge to impute to Monedero “part of the conclusion it wants to reach” by defending the existence of a “nexus” between the investigated invoice and the Neurona constitution in Spain ” that it is still unknown “because, according to the party, the investigators have not specified” what this “supposed connection” consists of.
Furthermore, the brief alleges that “there is no connection whatsoever” between the Monedero investigation and the main purpose of the case – the party’s hiring of the Neurona consultancy – because when the invoice was issued it was “materially impossible to ensure that it would there will be a call for general elections in the following months ”. ERC’s refusal to support the General State Budgets presented by Pedro Sánchez was addressed to the electoral repetition, which happened in February 2019.