Wednesday, May 25

The Valencian Government asks the National Court to execute the sentence of the Pope’s visit to recover 3.2 million

The Generalitat has requested the execution of the sentence of the National High Court that condemns the members of the Gürtel plot to enforce their civil responsibilities, which amount to 3.2 million euros, for the irregular contracting of screens during the Pope’s visit in July 2006.

The general director of relations with Les Corts, Ana Belén Domínguez, has explained that the brief presented to the National Court requests the enforcement of the November 2020 sentence, where those responsible for the plot were convicted of the crimes of prevarication, embezzlement , money laundering, active bribery, public administration fraud, falsity in an official document, falsity in a commercial document and crimes against the Public Treasury.

Domínguez has stated that this decision is fundamental “not only to recover the money stolen from the public coffers, but also to recover the dignity and decency of the Valencian Community.”

The resolution considered it proven that the plot shared the extra cost of 3.2 million euros of the event contracts obtained through irregular awarding of public contracts, for this reason the Generalitat has decided to request the provisional execution of the sentence for those convicted who have not appealed the judgment in cassation.

The high court certified the sentences of 19 of the 23 defendants for the illegal award to Francisco Correa’s group of the contract for the supply of screens, sound and loudspeakers for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Valencia on the occasion of the V Meeting of the Family, held in Valencia on July 7, 8 and 9, 2006.

Specifically, the magistrates of the Second Section of the Criminal Chamber sentenced in this piece of the so-called “Gürtel case” to 13 years and 7 months in prison the leader of the plot, Francisco Correa; 15 years and 5 months to the right hand of him Pablo Crespo; to 6 years and 9 months to his collaborator Álvaro Pérez and the former director of Radio Televisión Valenciana (RTVV) Pedro García Gimeno, and to 11 years and 7 months to the vice president of Teconsa José Luis Martínez Parra.

The rest of the defendants were sentenced to sentences ranging from eight months in prison -the case of Jacobo Gordon- to three years for Francisco Javier Arnuncio Perugio. In the case of Ramón Blanco Balín, he has been sentenced to 1 year and a half in prison.

On the contrary, the Chamber acquitted two defendants for whom the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office withdrew the accusation in the trial, Noemí Márquez and Alexandra Andrea Benesovsky, while two other defendants died, Juan Cotino and Luis Sabater Balaguer, for which their criminal liability.

Asset Recovery Office

The general director has insisted that the Consell “is going to continue undertaking all the necessary actions to recover the public resources stolen from Valencians in cases of corruption”, and has recalled that, since the arrival in the government of President Ximo Puig, the Office Asset Recovery has opened more than 40 files to promote administrative or judicial actions in defense of the interests of Valencian men and women and to obtain asset restitution in cases of corruption that harmed general interests.

Domínguez has highlighted that the Asset Recovery Office has allowed the Generalitat to appear “in matters of social repercussion and economic significance as important as the cooperation case, the Emarsa case, the Fitur case or in the different pieces that make up the case. Gürtel”.

These actions have made it possible for the Generalitat to have recovered 7.3 million euros to date, and it plans to recover more than 14 million euros, taking into account the files of administrative or judicial actions in progress, as explained by the general director.

Lastly, Domínguez underlined that the work carried out by the Consell has contributed to the Valencian Community going from being a “paradigm of corruption to a paradigm of decency”, and has shown his commitment to continue working to remain a benchmark in initiatives such as the gigafactory of batteries or aid to refugees, and “prevent the ghost of corruption from returning”, he concluded.