Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo mentioned in 2017 to the then general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal that King Juan Carlos I had an account in Switzerland, according to an audio revealed this Wednesday by El País. The conversation between the two took place two and a half years before the publication of the first information about the account, supposedly managed by Arturo Fasanaat the Mirabaud bank.
Arturo Fasana or the importance of sharing an account in Switzerland with the king
In March 2020 it emerged that the Swiss Public Prosecutor's Office was following the trail of a alleged donation of 100 million dollars received by the king emeritus from his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Adbul Aziz Al Saud. This "gift" would have been deposited in an account opened in the private bank Mirabaud in the name of the Lucum Foundation and Juan Carlos I withdrew money from there for several years. In 2012, he gave the remaining €65 million to his ex-partner Corinna Larsen through another Swiss bank based in the Bahamas. The manager of the account in the name of the Lucum Foundation, Arturo Fasana, allegedly also controlled other groups under the name of Sunnywhere funds from businessmen and politicians linked to Gürtel would be hidden.
Villarejo learned about these money movements of Juan Carlos I earlier because Corinna Larsen herself told him about it, with whom he met at least three times between 2015 and 2016. In September 2017, the commissioner recorded a conversation with Cospedal in the which is mentioned:
— Villarejo: And about Andorra, I'm sneaking out so I don't go [a declarar] because it is an issue that harms the generalissimo the most [Sanz Roldán]. In Andorra, the famous notes that I made... And all the information that was about Catalonia is changed, which would now be definitive to protect the famous Soleado account of the emeritus. Back to business as usual.
The commissioner refers to a plan to spread the identity of 4,000 Catalans - an uncredited fact - who had money in the same Andorran bank used by former Catalan president Jordi Pujol. According to Villarejo's account to Cospedal, it was the director of the CNI, Félix Sanz Roldán, who frustrated that idea to protect the Swiss funds of the emeritus king ("to protect the emeritus's famous Sunny account," he says) because the investigation would show transfers of money to Swiss accounts managed by Arturo Fasana, the same one who dealt with the fortune of Juan Carlos I.
The then general secretary of the PP, María Dolores de Cospedal, then asks him “what has La Pequeñita done”, in reference to Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría. "I don't know what she is doing, but with the Cierco brothers [propietarios del banco intervenido] They are trying to reach an agreement so that there is no more anger or at least that control is not lost, ”replies Villarejo.
For Roldán: "He will not leave until the emeritus makes a will"
Villarejo also recorded a previous conversation —July 2017— with Cospedal's husband, businessman Ignacio López del Hierro, in which he tells of a run-in with the director of the CNI, whom he had accused of threatening the king's ex-lover Corinna Larsen . In the dialogue, Villarejo affirms that Roldán "is crazy and obsessed" with him.
“There is a subject who is on his own, who believes he is the director of the FBI, that when he dies is when he is going to leave, that if not, he does not want to leave, and that he is a guy who is not controlled by anyone and who decides about lives and property around the world... But no one dares because everyone is afraid of it (...) I'm sorry for the upset you may have there, but I only intend to defend myself, "he says.
The commissioner also affects this idea in the conversation with Cospedal, to which he says that Roldán "is going to leave whenever he wants, unfortunately". “Do you see it like that? When is your renewal due?” she asks. “Within a year and a half he will have to renew his mandate, but he is not going to leave. President [Rajoy] he doesn't want trouble and he doesn't want trouble. The [el director del CNI] he wants to stay until the emeritus makes his will, because since there is so much loose dough, he has to put it in order. He has told his intimates that."