The judge in the ‘case Punic’ up the imputation Javier Monzón, president of Indra

The judge of the Audiencia Nacional Manuel García-Castellón, instructor of the case, Punic, has issued on Monday a ruling that raises the allocation to Javier M

The judge in the ‘case Punic’ up the imputation Javier Monzón, president of Indra

The judge of the Audiencia Nacional Manuel García-Castellón, instructor of the case, Punic, has issued on Monday a ruling that raises the allocation to Javier Monzón, president of Indra, and current non-executive chairman of Grupo PRISA, publisher of THE COUNTRY. In the letter, the magistrate concludes that it has not been credited with the existence or evidence or signs that point to the entrepreneur as author, accomplice or abettor” of the alleged diversion of public funds through the award of contracts to the technology fund in an irregular manner to the electoral campaigns of the PP of Esperanza Aguirre.

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The judge draws this conclusion both from the documentation built-in to the cause as well as the testimonies provided by other investigation and by witnesses. The dismissal, which has opposed the anti-Corruption Office, is provisional and can be challenged in reform and appeal by the parties.

The judge considered that both the statement that the Monsoon did as accused 4 October —had already declared as a witness in 2015— as the other directors of Indra defendants in the cause did not emerge facts that incriminate the former president: “Not only there is not any indication of knowledge of the facts investigated by the president of the company at the time of the facts, but furthermore, none of the investigated has made any reference to the dialogue of Francisco Javier Monzón, or interference, or interest, to the point that in the interrogations has not been any reference, or has denied to have talked with him any matter relating to the facts investigated.”

The judge added that it joins that "none of the officers investigated recognizes the duty of supervision and / or settlement of account to the president of the company" in the contracts under suspicion. In this sense, she highlights the testimony of the former vice president of the multinational Regino Moranchel, who said that the head of the company, "as a member of the executive committee, had carried out its functions in the strategic, that is, internationalization and new offers" and, therefore, he was not aware of awards specific. García-Castellón, also points out that, during the years in which the Monsoon was at the head of the company, Indra is endowed of “the mechanisms of supervision, surveillance and control” necessary to avoid irregularities in their performance. If these did not work in the case of the facts being investigated, adds García-Castellón, criminal liability would be the company itself, and not its president.

The imputation of Monsoon occurred last September at the request of the office of the Prosecutor, who considered that certain directors of Indra, among them its president, could not be alien to the company's participation in the plan hatched by leaders of the PP in madrid during the presidencies of Aguirre and Ignacio González to divert to the party funds of the company to the public Computer of the Community of Madrid (ICM).

anti-Corruption considers that the Spanish multinational company, one of the main recipients of contracts of ICM, became “the box paying of election services provided covertly to the Popular Party of the Community of Madrid and of other debts of the party or its leaders.”

Accused of the crimes of forgery of documents, embezzlement, malfeasance, fraud, bribery and criminal organization, Monsoon declared as charged on 4 October before the judge García-Castellón for two hours. The businessman insisted that he had never had knowledge of the payments investigated in the cause or had never seen the bills that are now contained in the summary. Monsoon also denied that his company would deliver the money through the public company of the Community of Madrid ICM to cover debts election of the PP of Madrid.

Updated Date: 13 January 2020, 19:00

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