Andalucia when it rains fish will appear, 42,Spain and corruption, the biggest scandals of recent years ... (makes the Mafia look like kindergarten) )

Door San Daniel gepubliceerd in Verhalen en Poëzie



'We are talking about Spain, the beautiful holiday country with its blessed climate and its often (unfortunately) corrupt Politicians.

Operation Punica:
Between 1999 and 2014, a wave of corruption took place based on bribes paid by entrepreneurs, mainly in the construction sector in Madrid, Leon and Murcia. This is to obtain government contracts funded with public money. In October 2016, 51 people were arrested, including the former general secretary of the PP party in Madrid, Francisco Granados, who was seen by the authorities as the most important architect of the scandal.


The crimes that are being prosecuted in this anti-corruption trajectory are money laundering, forgery, fiscal offenses, and improper influence. Businessman David Marjaliza stated in court in May 2016 (source El Pais) that he had bribed a number of mayors and senior PP members. Among the names he gave at the hearing, the name appeared of Jaime Gonzalez Taboada, number three of Cristina Cifuentes, who is suspected of having embezzled € 790,000,000.

The case Ere:



On the 15th of September 2016, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor confirmed the involvement of the presidents of the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Chaves and Jose Antonio Grinan, (both members of the PSOE party) in a fraud of 741 million euros (source: El Mundo ) and that the former Director of Labor and Social Security, Francisco Javier Guerrero, used a slush fund that allowed him to award grants to companies and employees without having to give any accountability. In other words spending it in your own circle.



Although these funds were intended to support employees and enable early retirement, money was diverted due to a lack of controls and fell into the hands of intermediaries who mediated with the Government of Andalusia on behalf of companies in "difficulties." In general, these were companies that "maintained very good relations" with the trade unions, the government and the PSOE. Nice work PSOE, the working man's' party, stealing from its own people. Great socialists those two, Chaves and Grinan.

Then Suzanne Diaz was investigated, she came from the same circle as her two predecessors and was appointed president of Andalucia. She lasted only 4 years. 1 billion euros has gone missing under her presidency. She was not able to explain up to date what had happend to that sum of money.

The Gürtel case:



The businessman Francisco Correa, nicknamed 'Don Vito' by his acquaintances, is considered the leader of a conglomerate responsible for organizing political events for the PP from 1999 to 2005. This group of companies used public funds from the Madrid and Valencia Autonomous Communities, Bribing officials, government officials to obtain contracts, according to Judge Baltasar Garzon's investigation.

The businessman Francisco Correa and his number two, the former secretary of the Organization of the Galician PP, Pablo Crespo; invented a system of fake invoices to evade taxes. In addition to them, 35 people were charged in the case, including the former PP treasurer, Luis Barcenas, who was convicted of "parking" a € 48,200,000,000 fortune in Switzerland.

The marauder of Marbella:


Accused of crimes of malpractice and misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public documents, Jesus Gil was sentenced to jail in 1999. He was forced to resign as mayor of Marbella, in October 2000, he was sentenced to 28 years of disqualification ( no public functions) and six months in prison on four charges of corruption, as well as the misuse of 450 million from Marbella to Club Atletico Madrid and fraude committed between 1991 and 1995.



The investigation into the Malaya case takes us back to November 2005. This was an operation against urban corruption led by Judge Miguel Angel Torres Segura and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. This route had branches in Malaga, Madrid, Huelva, Cadiz, Murcia, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Pamplona; but the main players (suspects) were the leaders of the city of Marbella, supplemented by prominent businessmen and lawyers.

the Noos case:


In the first quarter of 2017, the verdict on the Noos case will take place, with on the suspect bench, as the main suspect, the husband of the Infanta Cristina, (the new king's sister, yes indeed a princess) Iñaki Urdangarin. The count is accused of embezzlement, fraud, fraud management, misuse of trust, forgery, crimes against the Treasury and money laundering all related to his management of Noos, an entity with which he under the guise of a non-profit Foundation, has misappropriated 6.1 million euros from various administrations for which she (the princess) had signed various agreements. On the bench is also the princess herself, who, as an assistant, would have signed documents relating to at least two fiscal offenses committed by her husband. The position of the public prosecutor is different in both cases, Urdangarín can count on a prison sentence of 19 years, which includes the acquittal of the king's sister.


The former partner in Noos, Urdangarín's associate, Diego Torres, who was a professor of wife Infanta Cristina at ESADE, is one of the most important suspects in the trial. Against him, the public prosecutor demands 16 years in prison for organizing, with Urdangarin, a "hollow meaningless" entity with the intention of obscuring more than 6 million from different governments. The main advantage for Torres' defense is the argument that the Royal House supported Noos.

(meanwhile we are living 2019 and Urdangarin who is the son-in-law of the old king, was sentenced to 2 years in prison ... corruption has reached the royal family)

The Barcenas case:


The former treasurer Partido Popular will soon have to take a seat on the suspect's bench, namely for hiding a fortune of more than 40 million euros in Switzerland from the allegedly unlawful financing of the Partido Popular. The public prosecutor asked for 42 years in prison.


One of the most important side issues in the Barcenas case is the judicial investigation into the alleged black payments, with envelopes, that treasurer of the Partido Popular would have made to various members of the party, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. This after the publication of the so-called "Barcenas papers", which contained an alleged bookkeeping B from PP, with manual annotations from Barcenas regarding these alleged illegal payments.

The Bankia case:


It took Rodrigo Rato a year to convert Caja Madrid to Bankia and he brought the company to the stock exchange (July 2011). To this end, the bank has offered shares and loans for sale with attractive incentives for customers. On May 7, 2012, Bankia needed a rescue of more than 10 billion euros in state aid because the bank's shares were sucked into a downward spiral. Rato stepped down as president of the institution. The authorities have undertaken a judicial investigation due to the expected imbalance in accounts.


Judicial investigations lead to the imposition of an obligation on Rato and former members of the board of directors, Francisco Verdú, José Luis Olivas and Jose Manuel Fernandez Norniella. In addition, according to Justice, Bankia is forced to pay back all investments to customers. Prior to Bankia's departure on the stock exchange, the Bank of Spain had warned that the debt behind the company would lead to a possible collapse of their business. Rodrigo Rato is still suspected of inside information, although not convicted of a crime.

The Puyol case:


The El Mundo newspaper reveals this case with the publication of the investigation pointed to the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas and his predecessor Jordi Pujol, who are responsible for the management of the Palau de la Música's offshore account in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, inthe names of both - the son of Pujol and deceased father Masson's. This happened in 2012.



After two years, Jordi Pujol issued a statement in a broadcast in which he explained that he had hidden money from his father's legacy. This came to light when Pujol Jr., Pujol's eldest son, whose accounts were seized as a result of unjustified payments from the Treasury of the Generalitat, was examined. According to El Pais, the Puyol family has enriched themselves in the 80s and 90s with the salaries of the Catalan government officials. That was 'only' 340 million .... (meanwhile we are living 2019 and although Puyol says he is not corrupt, now another 290 million has come to light that he hid in Mexico outside the previous funds .. those are not amounts that you forgot to report. Under the immunity regulation, developers have come forward and have stated that they always had to  give a 10% commission to get a project awarded. These are huge amounts when you think of what a airport or a highway costs)

The Pretoria case:


This investigation came about after the discovery of a manuscript found in an office of Passeig de Gràcia, which helped authorities pinpoint the illegal acts of buying and selling land in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Badalona and Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. The two figures of the illegal sellers were Macià Lluís Prentice and Alavedra, major Pujolistic leaders.


The investigation showed that Prentice and Alavedra received commissions from private companies to revalue different public lands, in particular in Badalona and Llavaneres, acquired ownership through partnerships and then sold them on at a higher price. Although these are the main suspects, seven others must appear before the court over the web of corruption, which dates back to 2005, El Mundo said.

The Palau de musica case:



In the beginning of June 2016, the Palau de la Música president, Felix Millet, was acquitted of a trial that would have sentenced him to ten years in prison. The reason: two offenses of trafficking influence in order to construct a hotel near the cultural center that was never been carried out. The prosecution reports that Millet and his right-hand man, Jordi Montull, have made 35 million euros 'disappear'.


The origins of the audits that show the first signs of this event date back to 2009, when Juan Llinares became the boss of the Palau de la Música. "We could not have imagined that this would happen," El Diario said in July 2016 about collusion between Convergència, the Ferrovial construction company and Millet.

A nice country indeed, with a friendly population and a pleasant lifestyle. How come Spain is in such a crisis?

Not that difficult really, these embezzlements alone are good for: 12.9 billion euros withdrawn from public funds in a relatively short period of time.

Apart from that, I would imagine there are amounts that have not come to light or have not yet come to light. Woe oh woe to the country with politically corrupt crooks. "

San Daniel in 2019


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19/09/2019 16:11

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