Sunday , February 28 2021

BBVA Excelsons felt spied by Francisco González

Several BBB exconsellers felt themselves spies and watched for several years after leaving the governing body of the financial entity, although they never reported it. In some cases there was even evidence, in other mere suspicions and many conjectures about what could be hidden behind. Now, the 14-year contraction of José Manuel Villarejo's excomissary on the part of the bank and the alleged espionage works directly entrusted by its president, Francisco González, has been revealed, Suspicions have been convincing again.

This has been reported to EL CORREU by some of the excelses of the entity that resigned – in honor of the truth, it must be said that they were stopped or forced to resign in the year 2002, after the # 39; existence of assets of the former BBV that had remained outside the entity's balance sheet, managed through companies based in the island of Jersey. A matter that had already led to the end of 2001 the resignation of the then co-chair of the bank, Emilio Ybarra, and of the CEO, Pedro Luis Uriarte.

recorded conversations

"For several years I had the absolute security that My phones were controlled, just like those of my closest relatives. We all notice rare things, such as the recorded repetition of the conversation they just had, when the telephone was re-swapped, "said a former bank advisor at that time.

The tension between that group of directors from BBV and Francisco González was more than evident. The outcrop of that parallel operation that had been the entity for decades, also left open the opening of pension funds in the name of the 22 directors that came from the Basque bank, Formalized just before the merger with Argentaria and for a total amount of 19.3 million euros. The money came from the accounts of Jersey and everything pointed out that it was a final compensation to the directors, since from that moment and after the merger they were going to significantly reduce their remuneration in the new board .

Although it was viewed with a historical perspective that compensation – the average was less than 900,000 euros per councilor – it is necessary to qualify it as "marginal & # 39; compared to the compensation paid by the bank in the last decade to some of its senior positions, the truth is that It was the lever on which Francisco González leaned to make an authentic sweep into the dome of the corporation. As of this moment, the directors who came from Argentaria became majority and Gonzalez could start to manage the bank without any obstacles or opposition.

«I always suspected that the escorts passed information to the bank. Where did he go, with whom I met, what did he say in his presence …», Points out another bank conseller. The same Francisco Gonzalez said, he had "tried" in which the financial entity paid the expenses of the escort of the former consellers, despite the circumstances in which they had abandoned the bank and the existing tension .

Although at that time almost everyone understood it as a "logical gesture", considering that many of them had their habitual residence in the Basque Country and their public notoriety had placed them in the center of the target of the extortion of the terrorist band ETA. «Apart from their work as escorts and they were really kind people, and also that their main mission was to protect me, I always had the idea that what they saw was going to be known by Francisco González», Add ex-conseller.


Controlled communications.

One of them even came to listen to their own previous conversations when the phone was disconnected.

Power struggle

Some gave their support to Sacyr's operation, which motivated the recruitment of Villarejo.

Years face to face

The tension between that group of directors and the president of BBVA stayed for many years and not just because the case resulted in a judicial procedure instructed by Judge Garzon – the Supreme Court determined that there was no action illicit in the case of pension funds – but also because Some were named as protagonists in the operation that, precisely, would encourage Francisco González to hire the services of Commissioner Villarejo.

The attempt by Luis del Rivero, president of Sacyr, and Juan Abelló to take control of the bank and dismiss Francisco González, had the implicit support of some exconsellers that had significant shareholdings. According to information leaks that have occurred in the last few weeks, the bank hired Villarejo services to defend precisely this group of shareholders, although The methods used, apparently, smell of illegality on all four sides.

According to this information, Villarejo spied hundreds of businessmen, high positions of the CNMV and even members of the Government of José Luis Rodríguez ZapateroMonitoring and recording your telephone conversations. The summaries of these conversations, at least the fundamental part of what it had to do with the assault attempt & # 39; On the part of Sacyr in the top of the bank, they were delivered to the security chief of the entity, Julio Corrochano, who in turn informed Francisco González.

Doubts about the initial investigation carried out by the bank

BBVA officially acknowledged that it initiated an internal investigation into the payments made to ex-commissar Villarejo in June last year, the result is unknown. Recently, the entity has contracted the services of two external firms to reinforce and deepen in this work. Yesterday, however, it was learned that the first investigation had been entrusted to the internal audit officer, Joaquín Gortari. And this, despite the fact that Gortari, former chief of staff and man of the highest confidence of Francisco González, had acted as an intermediary in some commissions carried out in Villarejo. Specifically, according to information known yesterday, a study on Aegean security conducted in the middle of 2016, just before the president of BBVA began a vacation in this area, after having hired a schooner.

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