The national ex-treasurer of the PP, Luis Bárcenas, will specify today to Judge Manuel García Castellón everything he knows about the alleged excess of electoral spending by the PP-Madrid during the campaign that led Esperanza Aguirre to the presidency of the Community of Madrid in October 2003. Madrid. This alleged excess of electoral spending, exceeding one million euros, was hidden from the Court of Accounts by the PP, according to the documentation that Luis Bárcenas handled in his day and that will now be transferred to the judge investigating the Punic case.
Luis Bárcenas transferred to Anticorrupción at the beginning of February, days before the start of the trial for box b where the Prosecutor’s Office asks him for five years in prison, his interest in collaborating with justice in some judicial processes opened against the PP for alleged illegal financing.
One of these processes is the Púnica case, where the National Court has been investigating various corruption in different departments of the Community of Madrid for six years. Three former regional presidents – Esperanza Aguirre, Ignacio González and Cristina Cifuentes – are charged with alleged illegal financing of the PP-Madrid. Bárcenas took from Genoa, 13, the headquarters of the PP, various boxes with documentation on the accounts of the conservative formation. Among that documentation were statements of expenses and income from the PP-Madrid electoral campaign in October 2003. That campaign corresponded to the repetition of the regional elections as a result of the tamayazo, the betrayal of two autonomous PSOE deputies that prevented the investiture of Rafael Simancas as president of the Community of Madrid.
Aguirré achieved in those elections the absolute majority that he did not have in the previous elections. According to the documentation that Bárcenas took out of Genoa, 13, the Madrid PP spent 3.4 million euros while it declared to the Court of Accounts only 2.4 million. Electoral doping is similar to that investigated by the National Court in the Punic case, but refers to the elections of 2007 and 2011, where the candidacy headed by Aguirre also achieved an absolute majority.
The investigation by judge Manuel García Castellón on the illegal financing of the Madrid PP has accumulated evidence of an alleged expenditure of 6.2 million euros in the 2011 campaign, while the conservative formation declared to the Court of Accounts expenses of 2,986,000 euros .
Among the papers Bárcenas kept, and of which today he will give details to the judge of the Púnica case, there were also various payment statements to Francisco Correa’s companies in connection with alleged courses and Fundescam acts that actually hid the financing of rallies, something prohibited by the Law on Financing of Political Parties.
Although Bárcenas had documents pertaining to the 2003 campaign – which is why the alleged crimes committed with that illegal financing would be prescribed – the PP maintained the same operation to finance its electoral campaigns through Fundescam until, at least, 2011, according to the evidence incorporated into the summary of the Punic case.
The national ex-treasurer also took from his office some photocopies of checks and bank statements that showed the financial aid of various businessmen to the PP in Madrid that did not declare themselves to the Court of Accounts.
Bárcenas’ enmity with Esperanza Aguirre goes back a long way. When he first got out of jail, the former president of the Community of Madrid asked the former PP treasurer for accounts of his money hidden in two Swiss banks.
Barcenas answered like this: “A suspected criminal could be her. She would have to give many explanations about many things that they have done in the Madrid regional. “
Some of the documents that Bárcenas took out of Génova, 13, referring to the accounting of the PP of Madrid, are no longer in the possession of the former treasurer because they were stolen by the police officers who intervened in Operation Kitchen and which were later published in various media of communication, according to the investigation of the National Court.
These documents were later incorporated into one of the summaries that were being investigated in the National High Court, that of Bárcenas’ papers.