March 1, 2021

Villarejo denies contacts with Francisco González and points as the only link in the BBVA to Corrochano | Economy

Last January, the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo he tried to divert attention from his alleged espionage for BBVA alluding to 11-M but without giving any explanation about the connection between one thing and another. This Wednesday he has repeated his defense strategy, but still more cryptic. The work for BBVA, according to his lawyer, Antonio José García Cabrera, was not espionage but "a state task" that was entrusted to him by "leaders of the intelligence services". The statements, collected by La Sexta, have been offered at the gates of Estremera prison. To questions about his relationship with Francisco González, former president of BBVA, Villarejo has assured that he never met or spoke to him by phone, according to his lawyer.

Instead of going to the National Court, this time it was the judge who instructed the so-called Villarejo casea macroinvestigation with 10 pieces and almost 60 accused who investigate from espionage to Luis Bárcenas for the PP to the audios of Corinna and in which the alleged espionage for the BBVA is one of the separate pieces-the one that has been moved, together with the two anti-corruption prosecutors in charge of the investigation, to the prison of Estremera (Madrid). The retired commissar has been detained there since his arrest in November 2017. Judge Manuel García-Castellón made this decision regarding the police's health problems.

"It was a commission of State, in the interest of national, political and economic sovereignty," Villarejo's lawyer insisted. Also a "defensive work carried out by the bank in defense of its own interests". As noted, Villarejo the bank made a "defensive commission against the hostile takeover" because "there was no economic justification" or understood "where it came from" that "attack on the economic and political sovereignty of Spain by a foreign power" . This private work "was allowed" to Villarejo, García Cabrera assured.

The retired commissioner has denied having any contact with Francisco González, not even by telephone, and has assured that his connection with the bank was Julio Corrochano, the head of Security for BBVA when Villarejo was hired. According to different recordings contributed to the summary, in 2004 the bank hired Cenyt, one of the commissioner's companies, to defend against a financial operation of Sacyr that threatened to wrest control from the then President González. Corrochano had been Madrid's chief police chief and general commissioner of the Judicial Police until he left the body in 2002 to sign for BBVA.

According to EL PAÍS, it has been the Anticorruption prosecutors who have asked about their relationship with Francisco González. The lawyer of Villarejo has assured that his client has related that Corrochano was the one who made the orders and signed the contracts. The judge cited Corrochano on day 5. He accepted his right not to testify and the judge imposed a bond of 300,000 euros and the prohibition to leave Spain.

According to Villarejo, Sacyr did not have the capacity to buy BBVA and there was a country and a foreign bank behind, his lawyer has told this newspaper. The commissioner issued a statement last March insinuating that another country designed the 11-M to change the Government of Spain. He added that he could prove that the real authorship of the attack was not investigated, thus subscribing to the conspiracy theory -discarded by the courts- about the 2004 jihadist attacks in Madrid.

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