The Chamber agrees with the 'Tándem' instructor and dismisses the appeals of Anticorruption, Podemos and the representative of the Swiss company
MADRID, 16 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Criminal Chamber of the National Court has confirmed the decision of the judge in the 'Villarejo case' to close the case for Iberdrola Renovables, considering that the alleged crimes that the subsidiary would have committed when hiring the retired commissioner to investigate a Swiss company would be prescribed.
In an order on Tuesday, collected by Europa Press, the magistrates of the Third Section dismissed the appeals of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, Podemos and the attorney of the Swiss company Eólica Dobrogea against the resolution adopted on July 27 by the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García Castellón.
The Chamber recalls that Iberdrola Renovables was called to testify as being investigated in the case on July 9, 2021 for events that occurred in 2011 and that consisted of the alleged assignment by the company's then Security Director, Antonio Asenjo, to CENYT, the Villarejo business group, then an active police officer, for the so-called 'Wind' project.
The now retired commissioner would have investigated the Swiss company Eólica Dobrogea, its majority shareholder Christopher Kaap and his attorney Corneliu Dica. Iberdrola Renovables had allied with the wind company to develop a series of projects in Romania, but over time conflicts arose that ended up being resolved in favor of the Spanish electricity company in arbitration proceedings.
For these services, the Villarejo company would have charged a total of 29,500 euros from Iberdrola Renovables, which were supposedly paid in February 2012.
After analyzing the facts and the statute of limitations, the Chamber confirms the order by which the investigator agreed to the file because, "counting from the end of 2011, the date of the consummation of the alleged active bribery for which the present case is investigating Iberdrola Renovables, on July 9, 2021, when this company was called to testify as being investigated and, even on May 31, 2021, the date of the complaint filed by Cornelius Dica and C-Tech, the five years had largely elapsed of the limitation period".