The judge imputes the BBVA communication head for concealment in the 'Villarejo case'

The Villarejo Case Judge has agreed on Wednesday to impute the Entity Chief of Communication, Pablo García Tobin, by a presumed crime of cover-up. The judge a

The judge imputes the BBVA communication head for concealment in the 'Villarejo case'

The Villarejo Case Judge has agreed on Wednesday to impute the Entity Chief of Communication, Pablo García Tobin, by a presumed crime of cover-up. The judge attends the very high written of anti-corruption that he lashed out against the lack of collaboration of the Bank in the investigation and raised various diligence, including the interrogation to García Tobin.

In the same resolution, the magistrate adds a crime to those who imputes the former president of BBVA Francisco González. It is about the crime of disloyal administration, which he could have committed when using the entity's resources to learn from a farm in which he was interested in a particular title. FG already offered the explanation of him for those events and the judge does not see it necessary to interrogate him again.

Whoever must appear at the national audience on a date still to specify is García Tobin. The agreed imputation arrives after the court expected in vain that the BBVA would give all the data of a file that the Chief of Communication decided to create after the burst of the Villarejo case. The file would have accumulated all the possible incriminating material on the dealings with the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo.

In his request to impute the senior manager, the case prosecutors lamented that the Bank would have assured that it would give the material and, nevertheless, it did not. The Bank, as accused, does not have to collaborate in an investigation against it, but the Public Ministry considers that it is going beyond the exercise of its right not to be incriminated. Hence, the imputation of the head of communication by cover-up arises.

The Instructor Judge orders other measures. For example, the police move to the branch from which the first payment of the BBVA came to the then Commissioner in Active. The agents must collect all the possible data of the operation, which have also been offered by the BBVA despite its good words.

The judge also requests the Bank directly to inform you of several relevant aspects for research. For example, in which cases the use of the so-called break account is justified, which incomprehensible for researchers was employed in relation to the orders to Villarejo. ESA and other requests for clarification is done by the judge with the prevention that the Bank will be able to avoid them if it considers it harmful in a cause in which the entity could end up condemned.

Updated Date: 25 July 2021, 04:56

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