One of the important thing businessmen within the 'Koldo case' denies paying unlawful commissions | Spain | EUROtoday

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Juan Carlos Cueto, one of many businessmen concerned within the Koldo case —which investigates alleged corruption within the buy of masks by the Ministry of Transport and different organizations, in the beginning of the 2020 pandemic— appeared this Wednesday earlier than Judge Ismael Moreno, teacher of the National Court. Cueto, whom the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office locations on the prime of the plot together with Víctor de Aldama (president of Zamora CF), has responded solely to the questions from his lawyer. And, based on authorized sources current on the assembly, he has denied that he paid irregular commissions to acquire masks contracts from the Administration through the worst of the Covid well being disaster.

According to those sources, Cueto has insisted that the worth they charged for the product was honest and in step with the market, and has added that there’s an audit report on the matter ready by the consulting agency KPMG. He added that it was a really costly operation, which included fairly just a few journeys to China. And he has burdened that he didn’t pay anybody, nor did he commit any illegality. After the interrogation, the Prosecutor's Office has requested that he be prohibited from leaving the nation with out authorization, a measure that the Justice of the Peace has accepted and which his lawyer has not opposed. After half an hour of testimony, the businessman left the National Court, accompanied by his lawyer, Alfonso Trallero.

Beyond Koldo García, the previous advisor to former Minister José Luis Ábalos who allegedly obtained commissions for “facilitating” the adjudications, Anti-Corruption and the brokers of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard place the deal with Cueto and De Aldama. According to investigators, each performed a key function on the prime of the alleged corrupt community. The Prosecutor's Office's thesis is that the president of Zamora, who was already energetic and “enjoyed a certain prevalence” in Transportation, knew that the ministry wanted to purchase medical provides. And he didn’t need to miss the chance to get wealthy, so he selected to contact Cueto, with whom he had already completed enterprise earlier than: “Since [De Aldama] “He did not have the necessary human and material resources, as well as sufficient financing to undertake the project alone, he would have contacted the Cueto Group,” states the complaint filed by the public ministry in the National Court.

The two ringleaders then put their plan into action. They devised a “common project”, within the phrases of the Prosecutor's Office, which explains that they turned to Management and Support Solutions for Businesses Limited Company to contract with the Administration. This firm was an alleged cowl: none of them appeared within the organizational chart, however in follow it was managed by the Cueto Group, behind which Juan Carlos Cueto is positioned. However, Íñigo Rotaeche, additionally accused, is the one who seems because the agency's legal professional. The public ministry describes him as a “trusted man” of the businessman who declared this Wednesday.

De Aldama supposedly took care of the primary contacts with García: “Aldama and Koldo García, advisor to the head of the ministry at that time, maintained a direct and personal relationship.” Both had met in Mexico, on the event of an official go to by Minister Ábalos to the area. With these operations concocted through the pandemic, Judge Ismael Moreno calculates that Cueto obtained a good thing about 9.6 million euros; and De Aldama, 5.5 million. Investigators have detected a notable “increase in assets” of García at the moment (over 1.5 million euros), but it surely has not but emerged whether or not it has been confirmed who made the cost of these alleged commissions and the way he obtained them.

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For his half, Cueto maintained this Wednesday that he didn’t commit any irregularity. Marta Castro, deputy authorized secretary of Vox, who’s showing as a well-liked prosecutor, has assured that the businessman has informed the decide that his actions had been, “even altruistic in defense of the lives of Spaniards, and that they had little room for economic benefit.” According to Castro, Cueto “has said that, of course, his intention had not been to take advantage, but rather to help Spain, the Spanish people.”

Cueto can also be an outdated acquaintance of the Prosecutor's Office. He belongs to the household that manages the Cueto Group. In reality, Anticorruption maintains that he “leads” stated enterprise conglomerate, though he formally left the organizational chart after his involvement within the Defex case. A abstract that’s nonetheless pending trial and for which the general public ministry is asking him for 50 years in jail. In these investigations he’s additionally accused, exactly, of paying “illegal commissions” to Angolan authorities and officers to acquire public contracts for the provision of weapons and police materials (concessions that, because of the lack of controls, they allegedly took benefit of to divert their pockets of a part of the cash obtained by means of awards).

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