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Almeida’s cousin supports the mayor’s version and contradicts Commissioner Medina.

Latest NewsAlmeida's cousin supports the mayor's version and contradicts Commissioner Medina.

The case of Medina and Lucegno faced another major appointment this Thursday. Carlos Martínez-Almeida, cousin of current Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida, testified before Judge Adolfo Carretero, who is investigating commission agents Alberto Luceño and Luis Medina for selling defective sanitary supplies to the city council at the most critical stage of the pandemic. According to legal sources present at the interrogation, the alderman’s relative stressed to the magistrate that he had limited himself to providing Duke Feria’s brother with a general email previously given to him by Matilda García Duarte, general coordinator of the mayor’s office. . A few words confirming the original version of the Consistory, but contradicting the testimony of Medina, who assured that his cousin gave him a “connection” with Elena Collado, who held a high position in the local Administration, who led the Purchasing District during the insidious crisis.

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On April 25, during his appearance before the judge as a defendant, Luis Medina alleged that a former university professor with whom he continues to have a relationship, María Diaz de la Cebosa, provided him with the mayor’s cousin’s phone number after commenting that he was looking for the contact of the “Community or City Council” to place the sanitary material that he could bring from China with his partner. “I’m calling [a Carlos Martínez-Almeida]”, he explained to the magistrate: “[Y le digo]: “We have masks that can be sold. Who can I talk to at City Hall? And I don’t remember anymore, whether by e-mail, or how, but he sends me a phone number … ”, the commissioner said about his conversation with a relative of the alderman. “If I remember correctly, he first gave me an email from Elena Collado,” he explained.

Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martínez-Almeida attends the presentation of the XIII Gastrofestival Madrid on Tuesday at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid.

This version is different from the one proposed this Thursday by the mayor’s cousin. Carlos Martínez-Almeida’s story also begins with a call from Diaz de la Cebos, who informs him that the former student has the materials and that he realized he wanted to send them to the city council to help him deal with the pandemic. With a supposed “altruistic” spirit, never do business. She then gives Medina the number of a relative of the alderman who receives regular calls from the businessman. But from here his story clashes with that of Duke Feria’s brother.

Carlos Martínez-Almeida insisted that after the first conversation with Medina, he called the general coordinator of the city council, Matilde Garcia Duarte, whom he knows. According to his version, a high-ranking official of the Consistory provided him at that time with a general address for sending all these proposals, which he identified as cgalcaldia@madrid.es—; and he then hands it over to the broker. Shortly thereafter, he added, the businessman called him again to tell him that they had not responded to his letter, so the alderman’s relative contacts Matilda Garcia Duarte again.

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The mayor’s cousin stated that he “never” spoke to Elena Collado and that he “never” associated Medina with her. “Carlos Martínez-Almeida does not work and does not hold any position in the city council, and yet he would make enough effort to talk to commissioner Luis Medina and put him in touch with the right hand of the mayor himself. Obviously, such suspicious troubles reduce the fence for the possible commission of a crime related to trading in influence, ”Alejandra Jacinto, Podemos’ deputy, who personally appeared in the case, said after interrogation.

“There are doubts that have not been dispelled. We don’t know why Diaz de la Cebosa is getting involved [con el primo del alcalde]. Why do you think he was the perfect person to get Medina in contact with the city council,” added a PSOE lawyer involved in the investigation as a popular accusation. A lawyer from Mas Madrid, also personally, stressed that the mail provided by the alderman’s relative was not “general”, as he says, but belonged to the mayor’s office. According to legal sources, Carlos Martínez-Almeida also said this Thursday that he has not discussed the matter with his cousin, with whom he maintains an ongoing and close relationship.



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