The European Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office to take charge of the investigation of the concession by the Community of Madrid of a contract to a company that in turn paid the brother of the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
The European Prosecutor’s Office alleges that funds of European origin could have been embezzled, but the Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Alejandro Luzón, has refused to hand over the investigation to them, alleging that embezzlement is not among the crimes he investigates and that they all affect the Public Administration Madrid and, therefore, are in the Spanish jurisdiction, tax sources inform elDiario.es.
Luzón has presented a conflict of competences before the State Attorney General, who must decide after consulting the Chamber prosecutors. The letter from the European Public Prosecutor’s Office is signed by the head of her delegation in Madrid, Concha Sabadell, former subordinate of Luzon in Anticorruption and known for being the prosecutor who promoted the ‘Gürtel case’ from the beginning.
The Spanish Anti-Corruption Prosecutor detects in the contract award to a businessman friend of the Díaz Ayuso family, who later paid a high commission to the president’s brother, possible crimes such as influence peddling, prevarication or falsehood and concludes that all of them are the competence of the Spanish jurisdiction and that, therefore, must be investigated by it. What Anticorruption is not opposed to is that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office investigates the use of EU Feder funds and will send them the corresponding documentation.
On February 22, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into the award of a contract of 1.5 million euros in the midst of a pandemic to a friend of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, from which he would have obtained a commission. her brother. The Prosecutor’s Office explained in the decree by which it opened the investigative proceedings that the reported facts “could become crimes”, although for now they lack specificity.
In its decree, the Public Ministry recognized that “it is appropriate to carry out some proceedings that, without initially targeting natural or legal persons, allow the criminal significance of the reported facts to be confirmed or ruled out.” The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office also alluded to the “indisputable social significance of the context in which the events take place”, referring to the moment in which the contract was awarded, the spring of 2020, one of the hardest moments of the pandemic , with hundreds of deaths every day.
The Prosecutor’s Office led by Alejandro Luzón also explained that, for the moment, there is not enough evidence to bring the case before his colleagues in the Supreme Court, since the accusations against Ayuso raised by the complainants -PSOE, Más Madrid and United We Can- “do not they constitute reasonably plausible indications of the fact under investigation, of its criminal nature and of the responsibility of the person assessed for it”, at least for the time being.
The Community of Madrid has confirmed that Tomás Díaz Ayuso, brother of the regional president, received payment from the company Priviet Sportive SL -to which the regional government awarded a contract of 1.5 million euros in masks as advanced by elDiario .es– a total of 283,000 euros distributed over four bills, an amount similar to what Pablo Casado attributed to a commission.
When Isabel Díaz Ayuso admitted that her brother had worked with the company of the Ayuso’s friend of the people, she only referred to a charge of 55,850 euros corresponding to one of the invoices for the work, she said, that she carried out: bringing the masks from China that the Community of Madrid bought. The rest of the invoices, another three, were due to other work that Ayuso’s brother would have done with that company owned by his friend from the town and of which the concepts have not yet transcended.