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Date: July 6, 2022 4:44 am

Ignacio González in his office in Puerta del Sol in 2013, when he was president.Hill Leharchegi

The Civil Guard used a handwritten annotation given to former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo to conclude that Ignacio González, then Vice President of the Community of Madrid, and Ildefonso de Miguel, who was the manager of the Canal de Isabel II, allegedly received one and two hours. half a million euros in 2007 for OHL to win a tender to build a train between Mostoles and Navalcarnero. In their final report on this part of the Lezo case, the investigators used “various agendas, emails, records, or files” seized from those under investigation to “chronologically link” payments “to administrative acts,” the key to the job. In parallel, they had a statement by David Marhalisa, one of the leaders of Punica, reflecting the complaints of Francisco Granados, also the former regional vice president and former general secretary of the PP in Madrid, because the bribe for the concession was allegedly charged against González. In addition, they emphasize the importance of “the discovery of an entry on the agenda of the former Commissioner Villarejo” that would reinforce this thesis.

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It has been almost 15 years since OHL won a €360 million tender to connect Mostoles and Navalcarnero by train. Since then, none of them has been distributed. Thousands of neighbors were trapped in urban developments deprived of parental rights. And in front of their houses, part of the infrastructure is languishing, including several walled tunnels, since everything is halfway left.

According to the regional government, the work promoted by Esperanza Aguirre was paralyzed in 2010 due to a lack of funding from the concessionaire and because 8 of the 14.4 kilometers of the project had already been completed. Since then, the Community and the construction company have gone to court to find out who is to blame for the change in the project (with the unforeseen burial of the tunnel) and funding (50 million requested by OHL). In December, Isabel Diaz Ayuso’s government council approved a payment of NIS 162 million for abandoned and incomplete remains, according to EL PAÍS. However, the construction company demands even more money. The brawl that began, according to the Guardia Civil, with a bite allegedly charged by Gonzalez, for which the Anti-Corruption Agency requested four years in prison in December 2020.

“The seed of this investigation was information provided by certain trusted individuals who, among other things, provided the account number to which OHL was to pay a commission in 2007 related to the contract,” the agents summarize in their report. the SER network and access to EL PAÍS. “Similarly, they reported that the recipients of these commissions were Ignacio Gonzalez and Ildefonso de Miguel, who shared a close friendship as well as professional ties,” they add. And they highlight: “Certain emails have been found that mention Javier López Madrid (Director of OHLA) as a person in a construction company who tried to resolve problems with the administration of the Municipality of Madrid. Significantly, the person he had to go to to solve the train problems (…) was Gonzalez, one of the intended recipients of the commissions that OHL had to pay in connection with this contract.”

To make the proposed payment, OHL used a complex financial arrangement. The money was supposed to travel from Spain to Switzerland via Mexico. Adrian de la Hoya was allegedly called in as an intermediary. And as a final touch, a system of hidden accounts and compensation would be used to withdraw funds that the investigators believe are accredited thanks to some annotations that the former Commissioner Villarejo intervened.

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“An entry was found on the agenda of the former commissioner Villarejo confirming that this would be a compensatory operation,” the report says. “The note explained that Candido Serón, Jesús HIL — the people who controlled HANALEI HOLDINGS — and Ildefonso de Miguel arranged the payments and commissions for IG — the initials of Ignacio González,” they write. “This information should have been provided to former commissioner Adrian de la Hoya – in the days leading up to the start of this preliminary proceedings,” they continue. And they emphasize, attaching key importance to this information: “[La anotación] makes sense [ese] was the channel used to send payments to Ildefonso de Miguel and, according to the note, Ignacio González.”

To complete their accusation, the Guardia Civil provides the former regional president with a recording of a telephone conversation in which he demonstrates, according to agents, that “he knew how the payment (from Mexico to an account controlled by Adrian de la Jewel in Switzerland) was made in the time when these facts were not known to the investigation. Something “weird,” the researchers say, without being implicated.

The Civil Guard, in addition, gives its particular vision to explain the reason why the construction of the train failed, which the Community now wants to hand over to the State for completion. Thus, according to the investigators, they found a method of working in OHL, consisting in that they put themselves out for tenders with low economic offers that guaranteed both real victory and future losses, and then maneuvered their political contacts to change agreements in upside and profit.

A strategy in which commissions played a key role is always according to the researchers, who base their opinion on intervening in a conversation with a company manager that says the following: “You tell me, well, give me 3.5% [de mordida] give it to me yes but hey i’m going to change and i know the work will be fixed in the end [dando beneficios], and if my work does not work out in the end, what will happen? I drowned you here 3,5% and work … to fight him [político] come. It seems difficult to me.”

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