! Valencia Today – Town Halls In Valencia Searched As Part Of Corruption Investigation

10/06/2015

Judicial investigations into the Operación Púnica corruption case are still in progress, and as part of them Judge Eloy Velasco has made official requests for information and documentation from the town halls of Valencia, Gandia, Elche, Castellón and Dénia. At the same time two Town Halls in the region of Madrid were searched by officers of the Guardia Civil on Tuesday.

Town Halls in Valencia searched as part of corruption investigation

Last week a series of searches were carried out relating to the Caso Púnica.

The requests made to the Town Halls in the region of Valencia, concern contracts awarded to companies owned by the alleged ringleader of the scam, Alejandro de Pedro, including various in Valencia and Castellón, one for 15,000 euros in Gandía another worth 34,000 euros in Dénia. In response to the investigation the Town Hall of Castellón has reported that the payment of the fee contracted to Madiva Editorial has been suspended, and in Gandía the Town Hall says that the contract was awarded to the same company without any impropriety.

In Elche, meanwhile, the Town Hall denies having had any dealings with Alejandro de Pedro or any of his companies, other than to turn down the businessman’s offer to provide services to the municipality.

The two Town Halls searched in Madrid on Tuesday were those of Valdemoro and Moraleja de Enmedio. In the first of these municipalities it has come to light that various suspicious real estate operations were carried out at the Town Hall, where leading suspect Francisco Granados was formerly Mayor, while Carlos Estrada, the Mayor of Moraleja de Enmedio, is also under investigation.

Other Town Halls in the region of Madrid from which further information has been requested by Judge Velasco on Tuesday are those of Collado Villalba, Majadahonda, Alcobendas and Coslada.

Two of the alleged ringleaders of the Púnica network, David Marjaliza and Francisco Granados, remain in prison while the investigation continues, and the latest round of searches ordered by Judge Velasco also included the offices of various companies owned by Sr Marzalija in the Edificio Éboli de Pinto in Madrid. Sr Marzalija is to appear before the judge on 18th June to face questions regarding possible money-laundering operations in Singapore and Switzerland.

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