Several BBVA former advisers have been watching and watching for several years, leaving the financial institution's management structure, although they have never reported it. In some cases, there was even evidence in others, just suspicions and many thoughts about what might be hidden. It has now been discovered that the bank's 14-year-old exception, José Manuel Villarejo, and the alleged spying work ordered directly by its president, Francisco González. suspicion has become a belief.
It was reported by EL CORREO that some of the former company advisers who resigned from the truth had to admit that they were fired or forced to resign in 2002 when the assets of the former BBV were discovered. that remained outside the company's balance sheet, managed by companies in Jersey. The issue that had already led to the end of 2001, the then co-chairman of the bank, Emilio Ybarra and CEO Pedro Luis Uriarte, resigned..
"For several years I have had complete confidence in it my phones were controlled as well as my closest relatives. We all noticed strange things like the recurrence of recorded conversations that had just been when I picked up the phone again, ”says a former bank advisor.
The tension between this BBV and the Francisco González advisory group was more than obvious. This parallel activity, which the company had acquired for decades, It also opened the opening of pension funds on behalf of 22 directors who came from the Basque Bank, formalized just before the merger with Argentari and a total of EUR 19.3 million. Money was received from Jersey's accounts, and all that indicated that it was the last compensation to directors, given that from now on and after the merger, the new board will significantly reduce their remuneration.
Although from a historical point of view, compensation – an average of less than EUR 900,000 per consultant – has to be considered 'insignificant' compared to the compensation paid by the bank for some of its leading positions over the last decade. It was the lever to which Francisco González leaned to make a real slide in the corporation's dome. From now on, the board members who came from Argentina became the majority, and González was able to start managing the bank without barriers or objections.
«I always suspect that the escort has passed the information to the bank. Where did I go, what I met, what I said in his presence …», Indicates another bank's former advisor. Francisco González himself said he "demanded" that the financial institution pay the costs of an ex-escort escort, even in the circumstances in which they had left the bank and the current tensions.
Although at that time almost everyone understood it as a "logical gesture", as many of them kept their habitual residence in the Basque Country, and their public awareness had placed them at the center of the target of extortion of the terrorist group. ETA "Regardless of their work as an escort and being really nice people, their main task was to protect me, I always had the idea that what they saw would be known to Francisco González», Adds a former advisor.
- Controlled communication.
One of them even heard their conversations before lifting his phone.
- Energy fight
Some offered their support for Sacir's activity, which motivated Villarejo's lease.
One year face to face
The tension between this group of directors and the BBVA president remained alive for many years, and not only because this case led to a judge appointed by judge Garzón – the Supreme Court ruled that there was no illegal action in the case of funds. pensions, but also because some were identified as key actors in the operation that would directly encourage Francisco González to hire Villarejo services.
Luis del Rivero – Sacira and Juan Abelló – an attempt to control the bank and dismiss Francisco González implicitly endorsed some former advisers with significant stakes. According to the information leaks that have occurred in recent weeks, the bank recruited Villarejo services to protect this group of shareholders, though The methods used seem to be illegal on all four sides.
According to this information Villarejo hit hundreds of businessmen, CNMV senior officials and even members of the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, telephone call monitoring and recording. Summaries of these talks, at least the most important part of what was related to Sacyr's attempt to attack the bank's management, were transferred to the company's security manager Julio Corrochano, who at his As soon as he informed Francisco González.
Doubts about the bank's initial investigation
BBVA has officially recognized that it launched an internal investigation into payments made in Villarejo in June, the outcome of which is unknown. Recently, the company has adopted the services of two external companies to strengthen and deepen this work. Yesterday, however, it was learned that the first investigation was entrusted to Joaquín Gortari, Internal Audit Manager. And despite Gortari, the former head of cabinet and Francisco González's biggest trust man, he was a mediator in some of the commissions handed over by Villarejo. In particular, according to information known yesterday, a study on security in the Aegean Sea, which took place in mid-2016, just before the BBVA president began a vacation in the region after he had rented a cell.