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The judge of the 'Lezo case' cites a former Public Works official for the alleged commissions he received from OHL

The magistrate assures that "all the indications" point to him as the person with whom other investigated agreed a commission of 0.

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The judge of the 'Lezo case' cites a former Public Works official for the alleged commissions he received from OHL

The magistrate assures that "all the indications" point to him as the person with whom other investigated agreed a commission of 0.3%


The judge of the National High Court in charge of the investigation of the 'Lezo case' will take a statement as investigated the former deputy general director of construction of the Directorate of Roads for Development under the government of the PP Luis Manuel Bruno Romero, who allegedly received a series of commissions from of those responsible for the construction company OHL.

In a car dated July 18, to which Europa Press has had access, the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García Castellón, warns about the alleged participation that both Bruno Romero and his wife, Ana Esther Cueto, would have had in crimes of bribery and money laundering.

Specifically, the instructor focuses on the "trace of an alleged payment of commissions by OHL officials to a public official" - which would be Bruno himself - as can be deduced from the documentation provided to the case.

Thus, the magistrate refers to a conversation between two senior managers of OHL: Paulino Hernández and Francisco Javier Peláez, the latter being the economic-administrative head of civil works for the construction company in Eastern Andalusia. "This afternoon Manolo Bruno (*) had to call me to tell me about the, about tomorrow's play, about Calicasas," explains one of them.

Among the clues on which the instructor relies to call Bruno to court are "several Excel sheets that presumably record the commissions paid by OHL." In them there is a column with the title "MB", coinciding with the initials of Manolo Bruno, in which amounts are noted in the margin of some works that appear in the adjoining column.

"Among them is the Variante de Albaida N-340 awarded for 6,506,881 euros for which a commission of 19,520 euros is recorded, an amount that coincides with the 0.3% referred to by the participants in the aforementioned audio. According to the document "ED OC total consumption" that is incorporated as Annex 3 to Report No. 548 of October 10, 2018 of the UCO, OHL would have paid "MB" at least 1,087,000 euros", points out the judge.

The magistrate points out that "according to intelligence information" the couple is the owner of an account "in which since its opening on July 14, 2006 they have made cash deposits - generally round amounts - for a total of 617,000 euros".

Both Bruno and Cueto, continues the judge, "are domiciled in a duplex house" located in Madrid "which is also the registered office of Sistemas Madrileños SL", the company that acquired that property together with two parking spaces in a deed of 18 September 2006 for 963,000 euros.

"According to the above, Luis Manuel Bruno Romero, directly or through his spouse or an intervening company, would have had 1.6 million euros in cash and would have acquired a property during the time he held his position in the Ministry de Fomento, coinciding with the award to the OHL entity by said body of contracts for the execution of public works", maintains the instructor.

And the fact is that, adds the judge, "according to all the indications" Bruno "is the same person whom the investigated Paulino Hernández Ros and Francisco Javier Peláez Toré -senior officials of OHL-- identify as Manolo Bruno and with whom they supposedly they had agreed a commission of 0.3%".

In addition to agreeing on the summons of Bruno and his wife - still without a date -, the magistrate requires Banco Santander to provide information on the aforementioned account in the entity, such as the extracts of movements from its opening to the present or the identity of the persons authorized to operate with it.

Additionally, the judge orders the Tax Agency to provide all the information in its databases about the company Sistemas Madrileños. The magistrate also asks the Property Registry to send a complete registration certificate of the aforementioned property located in the capital.

In this line, the magistrate agrees to the seizure of the house because, despite the fact that it is registered in the name of Madrid Systems, there are "rational indications that the true owners are" Bruno and Cueto. In addition, he states that "the provisional amount of the responsibilities is 3 million euros."

This separate piece number 8 of the 'Lezo case', in which the judge investigates alleged crimes of bribery attributable to different officials and public officials, as well as some OHL employees for the alleged payment of illegal commissions for the award of certain works to said business group in various parts of the national territory, will continue for at least another six months.

It was last July 19 when the instructor issued an order in which he agreed to extend the investigations until next January 29 in view of the new documentation, which made it "reasonable to infer that from its analysis" there was derived "the need to carry out new errands".

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