The reinforcement judge of the National Court Joaquín Gadea has summoned the president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, for next January 18 at 10:30, investigated for the commissioning of the electricity company to the Cenyt company, linked to former commissioner José Villarejo, according to sources legal.
The president of Iberdrola accuses the judge of indicting him before verifying the validity of the evidence
The only thing left to set was the date after last June the head of said court, Manuel García-Castellón, agreed to charge Sánchez Galán for alleged crimes of active bribery, against privacy and falsification of a commercial document.
The round of statements will begin on January 17, with the interrogations of Iberdrola’s general business director, Francisco Martínez Córcoles, and the former head of the Presidential Cabinet Rafael Orbegozo. On Tuesday 18, in addition to Sánchez Galán, the former president of Iberdrola Spain Fernando Becker is also cited, while two days later it will be the turn of Iberdrola Renovables Energía, the group’s subsidiary that, unlike the parent company, was charged in the case.
When imputing Sánchez Galán and the three former directors, at the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, García-Castellón explained that from their respective positions they were able to participate in the hiring of the commissioner’s services when he was still active in the National Police Force, which the invoices corresponding to those services were manipulated and access to reserved data of the persons under investigation was obtained.
In this piece number 17 of ‘Tándem’ – the macrocause that dissects the many and varied services provided by Villarejo in a private capacity – the commissions that the electricity company would have made to the commissioner between 2004 and 2017 are investigated.
According to the judicial report, the first project would have been ‘Arrow’, which would have had the objective of eliminating municipal and environmental opposition to the construction of a power plant in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz).
Between 2004 and 2005, the ‘Black Board’ or ‘BB’ was developed to supposedly obtain compromising information on Manuel Pizarro, president at the time of Endesa, Iberdrola’s great rival in the electricity sector.
Already in 2009, Villarejo would have been entrusted with ‘Gipsy’ and ‘Posy’. The first would have consisted of investigating a manager of the electricity company, José María Álvarez, and a supplier, Francisco Julián Gutiérrez, suspecting that they could mediate the payment of illegal commissions. With the second project, the commissioner’s investigations would have extended to Álvarez’s relationship with Florentino Pérez, president of ACS, to avoid the assault by the construction company on the electricity company.
Finally, in 2011, Villarejo would have dedicated himself to ‘Wind’ to investigate the Swiss company Eólica Dobrogea, its majority shareholder, Chrisopher Kaap, and its attorney, Corneliu Dica. Iberdrola Renovables had partnered with the wind power company to develop a series of projects in Romania, but over time conflicts arose that ended up being resolved in a favorable way to the Spanish company in an arbitration procedure.
In the indictment, Judge García-Castellón indicated that, according to Iberdrola’s accounting, it is known that fifteen invoices were received and paid without request issued by CENYT, the Villarejo business group, between 2004 and 2012 for a total amount of 1.04 million.