The judicial future of Francisco Gonzalez (FG) is becoming increasingly black and seriously threatens to splatter his former collaborators and even his successor in the presidency of BBVA, Carlos Torres -which is the mother of the lamb for the future of the bank-. But a ray of unexpected hope has arisen for him and all the defendants in the Tandem case: he can save them … himself! Villarejo!
In case there was little indication that FG was the one who made the decision to hire the services of Villarejo, has now been corroborated by another of the main defendants in the BBVA piece investigating the National audience: the former head of bank security, Julio Corrochano. He has set the fan on and accused him of personally ordering him to hire Cenyt, the retired commissioner’s company, to spy on businessmen, politicians and journalists to defend themselves from the attempted assault by Sacyr in 2004-2005. And beware, with knowledge of Angel Cano (then head of human resources and media) and with the active collaboration of Javier Ayuso (communication director of the bank at that time and after the Real home), who was the one who explained to Villarejo what he had to investigate.
Corrochano thus joins Antonio Bejar, former director of risks of the bank and main witness up to now against FG, suddenly fired from Distrito Castellana Norte for daring to ‘sing’ at the Hearing.
But it is that the opposite of what was declared by both – that is, that FG did not know anything about the Villarejo affair – is absolutely incredible for anyone who has worked in the bank. “At BBVA it is not that a role did not move without Paco González knowing it, it is that a role did not move without it order Paco González ”, according to a former director. And less so in a matter as serious as this alleged espionage at a time of maximum tension like that. An evil that is repeated in many banks and Business Spaniards for our model of bad corporate governance based on Caesarism: they are managed like farmhouses of the gentleman instead of as modern institutions.
Shadows on the departure of Goiri and the appointment of Cano
But it is that Corrochano’s statement has more crumb. It also says in a letter addressed to the judge Manuel García-Castellón that FG ordered him not to share information with Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, then CEO of BBVA. This exonerates him – the current president of CaixaBank he was there and it was not very clear until now if he was aware of the matter or not – but it shows that González no longer trusted him years before, in 2009, he was charged for daring to run to succeed FG. The unforgivable sin of claiming that Caesar would have to retire at some point.
And it adds another disturbing suspicion. When Goiri left, everyone was shocked that his successor was Cano, a mere chief of staff who did not seem exactly the right fit for the CEO position; above all, when there were numerous executives with great international prestige at BBVA who could have held the position before him. In light of Corrochano’s revelations, one might think that Cano was chosen precisely because of his collaboration – and his silence – in the Villarejo affair. By the way, Cano has not yet testified at the Hearing despite being charged; When they summoned him, he alleged that he had a trip and García-Castellón has not called him again.
The sword of Damocles of the possible imputation of Torres
Therefore, the judicial future of FG (and possibly that of its collaborators) looks increasingly worse. The problems for Torres can come from the other side: that of the supposed cover-up of the activities of his successor with the infamous internal investigation and the no less infamous report forensic from PwC. «If they have accused the communication director, Paul Tobin, by cover-up, it is not very credible that he did it alone without the knowledge or, directly, the order of Torres, “explains a source familiar with the situation, who is betting that the president is also going to be charged.
If that happens, the standards of good repute of the ECB They would force him to resign, which would open a huge melon. The solution would be to put a non-executive president (rumors say that the chosen one would be Jaime Caruana) and a CEO with full powers, but in Frankfurt they do not at all see with good eyes that these powers go to the current CEO, the Turkish Onur Young.
The nullity of the evidence would bring down the whole case
However, none of this could happen depending on what happens in the trial that began this week in the National Court for the first three pieces of the Tandem case, the first in which Villarejo and his partners sit on the bench . The defenses have asked, unsurprisingly, the nullity of the audios on which the accusation is based. And if the president of the court, the illustrious Angela Murillo, agrees with them, the whole cause will collapse, including BBVA’s pieces, Iberdrola and Repsol. FG -y Prince– they would breathe very relieved.
Are there chances of that happening? It is not the most likely, but there are. First, because the defenses have arguments in their favor: Internal affairs did not dump the contents of the former commissioner’s computers in situ In his chalet he did not seal them, as the judge had ordered, and it took him 17 days to bring everything confiscated to court. They also maintain that these recordings violate the confidentiality of conversations between lawyers.
Second, you can expect anything from Murillo. She is the magistrate who sentenced the beneficiaries of the cards black but acquitted Rodrigo Rato and the rest of the defendants for the IPO of Bankia, in a sentence of the most debatable, not to say scandalous. Or that he provoked with an extemporaneous comment that the trial of Arnaldo Otegi, since Strasbourg considered that it had not been impartial.
So, with her, anything is possible. Until Villarejo himself saves FG. Few things stranger would have been seen.
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