The Prosecutor asks for up to 29 years old to eight defendants on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

The anti-Corruption Office asks for sentences of between 20 and 29 years of imprisonment to eight defendants linked to the public company Defex, among them the

The Prosecutor asks for up to 29 years old to eight defendants on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

The anti-Corruption Office asks for sentences of between 20 and 29 years of imprisonment to eight defendants linked to the public company Defex, among them the former president José Ignacio Encinas, for alleged irregularities in 11 contracts for the supply of military equipment to Saudi Arabia between 2005 and 2014 by more than 48 million euros. The eight -Manuel Iglesias-Sarria, Angel María Larumbe, José Ignacio Encinas, Fernando Aguilar, Álvaro Cervera, Veronica Luisa Blanco-Traba, Charles Ques Blandigneres and Paula Alexandra Oliveira, the Prosecutor's office accuses them of crimes of a criminal organization, corruption in international transactions, misappropriation of public funds, misrepresentation documentary and, in some cases, also of money laundering.

In its notice of rating, the prosecutor Conrado Alberto Saiz also asks for a fine of 45 million euros for the company Defex and 29 million for the eight defendants, a figure to which must be added other fines in the millions of the four defendants also are accused of laundering. Anti-corruption also calls for the exdirectivos of Defex Oaks, Churches and Aguilar pay compensation in respect of civil liability to Defex, or in your case the SEPI -to-and dependent on-, with 11.9 million euros, while Cervera and-White-Clip will have to do so with 10.4 million. In addition to claiming fines for the companies involved in these contracts -Defence Development, Nytel Global, Middle East Trading Associates (META -) of 41.9 million euros in the case of the former and 5.8 million for the last two.

the office of The Prosecutor, in his written conclusions that have been forwarded to the judge of the Hearing Nacional José de la Mata, considered that between 2005 and 2014 were eleven contracts with Saudi Arabia "earned and executed through the payment of kickbacks to authorities and public officials of that country, taking advantage of the absolute lack of mechanisms and procedures for the prevention of crime" in Defex. "To the accomplishment and execution of contracts with the saudi government to the public company Defex paid commissions to authorities and public officials through Álvaro Cervera, Carlos Ques Blandigneres and Paula Alexandra Oliveira, and their companies," - Defence, Development, Nytel Global and-GOAL, "and directly by the payments made to the society Ike Commercial and their variants", explains the prosecutor.

All of these societies, he says, "lack of structure and organization to perform a commercial activity unless the holder accounts, issue invoices and receive the funds of the Spanish public company for itself and for its distribution to third parties". The Prosecution argues that the form "in which it is committed and hid the sums of money unduly, that they were intended to third parties and the defendants, it was through service contracts and consultancy between the public company Defex" and those societies. To do this, "agreed commissions established at a percentage of the price of public contracts, resulting in a case of a 20% of the contract value, in exchange for some benefits or services that they knew were non-existent, but that allowed to create a semblance of commercial reality and to justify the payments made by the company to the public".

"as to the commissions paid to Abdullah Al Shamuaray, Military Attaché of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Spain from 2005 to 2014, payments were made in bank accounts titled in the Banco Sabadell in Spain", says the prosecutor. This network company was also one of the channels for the distribution of the funds of the public company Defex, and it has been reported that Jose Ignacio Encinas "perceived in Switzerland and Monaco of 45,000 € and 58.000€, respectively, through one of its holding companies of the British Virgin Islands, Tabarka Corporation".

it Is, according to the prosecutor, a practice similar to the operations of Defex in Angola, a piece in which the public Prosecutor asked for a sentence of 50 years in prison to Oaks and to the main accused for the alleged diversion of eur 41 million paid in commissions to get contracts for police equipment, with the angolan government. A few months ago for anti-Corruption also claimed to be sentenced to pay a fine of 75 million euros to Spanish public company of security and defense Defex by a series of awards supposedly irregular in Cameroon, as well as 23 years in prison to his ex-sales director Manuel Iglesias. In the case of Defex have been investigated in different parts contracts for military supply in five countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Brazil, Angola and Cameroon.

Updated Date: 09 January 2020, 13:00

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