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The judge in the 'Villarejo case' asks BBVA to inform him about the "exit process" of former managers

MADRID, 24 Ene.

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The judge in the 'Villarejo case' asks BBVA to inform him about the "exit process" of former managers


The judge of the National Court (AN) that is investigating the alleged illegal orders that BBVA would have made to the now retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo has asked the bank to send him "all the documentation" related to the "exit process" of the entity of the former executives investigated, except those who were dismissed before March 1, 2018.

This is stated in a car, to which Europa Press has had access, where the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García Castellón, agrees to the request made by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor.

The instructor explains that said documentation "must include everything related to dismissal, retirement, early retirement, etc. and, in those cases in which some type of compensation had been agreed, the reference to the clauses of the contract in which said compensation was provided" .

"We can estimate that said petition is useful and pertinent, in order to clarify the facts that are being investigated, with which it has a notable relationship," the magistrate stated.

However, it clarifies that, "in view of the procedural status of BBVA, its status as being investigated and its right not to testify against itself and not to confess guilt, it is not necessarily required to deliver said documentation, but rather officiates for him to contribute it, voluntarily".

García Castellón indicates that his request stems from an email sent anonymously to the Prosecutor's Office on December 21, entitled 'BBVA-Corrochano', alluding to the former head of BBVA Security Julio Corrochano, where "it was pointed out that it was ignoring an 'important factor', specified in 'who and why decided to agree to a friendly exit with Corrochano at the beginning of 2018'".

"In 2017 Villarejo goes to prison, SEPBLAC asks and, without opening an investigation, Corrochano is thrown out with a 900,000-euro settlement. What was the criteria for doing so and then firing other managers a few months later? Does all this influence the Corrochano's procedural attitude?", added the 'email', according to the judicial resolution.

It should be remembered that in this separate piece of the 'Villarejo case', García Castellón examines the BBVA contracts with the business group of the retired commissioner, CENYT, for different projects --presumably illegal-- between at least 2004 and 2017, some work for which that the entity would have paid the retired policeman more than 10 million euros.

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