The judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón will hear this Friday the president of Repsol, Antonio Brufau, and the president of the La Caixa Banking Foundation, Isidro Fainé, whom he has cited as defendants in the separate piece number 21 of the case ‘Tandem ‘, in which the’ commission ‘by these two companies to the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo to spy on the then president of Sacyr Vallehermoso Luis del Rivero in 2011 is investigated.
The appearances were scheduled for April 29, but at the request of Del Rivero’s defense – person in the case as injured – due to the coincidence of these statements with the holding of an oral hearing at the National High Court, the head of the Court Central Instruction number 6 agreed to postpone them for a week, according to legal sources informed Europa Press.
The judge decided to investigate Brufau and Fainé – then president of Caixabank and vice president of Repsol – for an alleged crime of bribery, at the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, which supported the petition for charges by Del Rivero’s defense.
Along with them, the investigating judge also agreed to give the status of investigated to Repsol executives Luis Suárez de Lezo, Juan de Amunátegui and Joaquín Uris, and the former general director of Media at Caixabank, Antonio Masanell, who have already testified before him. judge this week.
The line of investigation on what Villarejo called the ‘Wine project’ was opened in December 2019 but the retired commissioner implicated by the commissions was not cited as being investigated until November one year later, when the former director of Repsol Corporate Security Rafael Araujo and former CaixaBank Security Chief Miguel Ángel Fernández Rancaño – both commissioners, one on leave and the other retired.
Separate piece number 21 focuses on the allegedly illicit work that Villarejo would have carried out through the ‘Cenyt’ Group for the energy company and the Catalan savings bank in 2011, when he was still a police officer.
The magistrate explained in an order issued on April 14 – in which he agreed to these latest accusations – that the contracted services “would have the objective of safeguarding the interests of both clients, who appear as business allies in a context of conflict between shareholders of reference in Repsol YPF SA to take control of the company “.
This piece seeks to clarify whether both companies appealed to the commissioner to prevent Sacyr from taking control of Repsol through an agreement with the Mexican oil company Pemex, since the objective was to reach “one third of the total shares.”
According to the judge, Villarejo was charged at the end of 2011 and the first half of 2012 with spying on Del Rivero’s circle of trust and obtaining information from Pemex, the Mexican oil company that, before becoming aware of the syndication strategy, bought a large number of shares in Repsol YPF.