Ensures that the works "meet professional standards in the field of political communication"
MADRID, 21 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The final report of the so-called 'Neurona case' concludes that Podemos paid the consulting firm "within the medium range and even slightly below what is established by market prices" for the execution of the work carried out within the framework of the campaign at general elections of April 2019.
This is clear from the document, to which Europa Press has had access, that the expert Aleix Sanmartin has sent to Judge Juan José Escalonilla, and in which he points out that, "beyond personal tastes or the opinion of each individual in relation to "the works analyzed in this expert evidence", they "comply with the canons and professional standards in the field of international political communication and campaign design."
"In relation to the price of the products and services analyzed, we must conclude that they are within the average range, and even slightly below, of what is established by the market prices of the sector," says the expert.
It should be remembered that this expert report was commissioned by the magistrate two years ago to shed light on the costs of the services provided by Neurona to Podemos, and it constituted the only procedure that remained pending in the investigation.
Last September, the judge agreed to archive the investigation he was directing against Podemos - as a legal entity - and against the co-founder of the party Juan Carlos Monedero, considering that it was not possible to attribute criminal responsibility to the political party and by verifying that there was no indications that the leader brokered the 363,000 euro contract that the party signed with Neurona for the campaign for the April 2019 general elections.
Monedero was listed as a defendant in the procedure for an invoice issued on December 30, 2018 for a value of $30,000 for "300 hours of face-to-face consulting in Buenos Aires, Mexico and Colombia" for which he received an income on January 25, 2019. bank of 26,200.31 euros from Neurona Consulting.
The head of the Court of Instruction Number 42 of Madrid agreed to the file after his defense asked him to exonerate him from the investigation since the report from the Central Cybercrime Unit of the National Police ruled out that he manipulated the emails in which There is an invoice of 26,200 euros - which he issued to the consulting firm - for which he was being investigated.
It is expected that once the magistrate has this latest report, he will decide whether to file it or, in view of the conclusions contained in said document, resume the investigation.