MADRID, 29 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The witness statement of a BBVA worker on the bank's alleged illegal assignments to the now retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, which was scheduled for this Wednesday, has been suspended due to the strike called by the justice administration lawyers' associations (LAJ). to claim salary improvements.
According to legal sources consulted by Europa Press, the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García Castellón, has had to suspend the testimony of José María Lazarrabal, scheduled for this November 30, because the LAJ will not attend due to being on strike .
The National College of Lawyers of the Administration of Justice, the Independent Association of Lawyers (AINLAJ) and the Progressive Union of Lawyers (UPSJ) have called a strike for this Tuesday and Wednesday, for December 14 and 15 and "indefinite in January" to --among other issues-- "require" the Ministry led by Pilar Llop to apply "the same criteria as the rest of the officials" who depend on the department, which would lead to better pay.
The instructor summoned Larrazabal at the request of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, who asked to question him considering that his intervention in the payment of invoices to the Villarejo business group, CENYT, would not have been "merely administrative."
This Tuesday, the judge has heard two other BBVA workers --Clara Codesal and Beatriz Aguiriano, with responsibilities in the Accounting area-- who have pointed to Ricardo Gómez, who was a member of the Management Committee of the financial institution until 2018. Barredo, and former Finance Director Javier Malagón for his alleged involvement in billing CENYT.
In his case, his judicial appearance has occurred at the request of Julio Corrochano, former head of Security at BBVA, and has focused on a series of invoices that would have passed from Corrochano himself to Gómez Barredo y Malagón, who are being investigated in this piece. separate number 9 from 'Tandem'.
These subpoenas are the prelude to what will be, foreseeably, the last statement in this line of investigation: that of the former president of BBVA Francisco González, who requested to testify again and, after several date changes, will do so on the 15th of december.
In this separate piece, García Castellón examines the BBVA contracts with the Villarejo business group for different projects --presumably illegal-- between 2004 and 2017, some work for which the financial institution would have paid the commissioner more than 10 million of euros.