Several former BBVA advisers left the governing body of the financial institution after a few years spying and watching, although they never spoke of it. In some cases, there was even evidence, other suspicions and many assumptions about what might be hidden behind. Now the 14-year-old ex-commissioner José Manuel Villarejo has been hired and the alleged spy work commissioned by President Francisco González. suspicion has changed in conviction,
This was reported to EL CORREO by some former consultants of the entity who resigned – in truth, to say they were released or forced to resign – in 2002, after discovering the assets of the former BBV that remained out of the balance sheet of an entity managed through companies based on the island of Jersey. The question, which led to the end of 2001, was the resignation of Emilia Ybarra, then co-chair of the Bank, and of the Director-General Pedro Luis Uriarte,
"For several years I was absolutely sure my phones were controlled just like the closest relatives"We all noticed special things like the recorded conversation you just had when I picked up the phone again," says a former bank advisor at the time.
The tension between this group of consultants from BBV and Francisco González was more than obvious. The output of this parallel operation, which the entity had for decades, It also revealed the opening of pension funds on behalf of 22 directors who came from the Basque Bank, formalized just before the merger with Argentina and amounting to EUR 19.3 million. The money came from the Jersey accounts and it all suggested that it was the last compensation to the directors, since, from then on and after the merger, their rewards would be greatly reduced in the new board.
Although from a historical point of view it follows that compensation – an average of less than € 900,000 per consultant – must be qualified as "marginal" compared to the compensation paid by the bank for some of its leading positions over the last decade, it is true that It was the lever that Francisco González was leaning on to really tangle in the dome of the corporationFrom that moment on, the directors who came from the Argentary became the majority, and Gonzalez was able to start a bank without obstacles or opposition.
«BackI always suspected that escorts were giving the bank information. Where did I go, with whom I met what I said in his presence …"François González himself argues that" he insists that financial institutions pay the expense of former ex-advisors, despite the circumstances in which they left the bank and the current tensions.
Although at that time almost everyone understood it as a "logical gesture", given that many of them maintained their usual residence in the Basque Country and their public fame placed them at the center of the goal of blackmailing the terrorist group ETA "No matter what they work as an escort and that they are really nice people, and that their main mission was to protect me, I always had the idea that what they saw would be Francisco González"Adds a former counselor.
- Controlled communications.
One of them even heard his own conversations before he picked up the phone.
- Struggle for power
Some gave support to the Sacyr operation that motivated Villarejo to rent.
Years face to face
The tension between this group of directors and the BBVA president has remained alive for many years, not least because the matter has led to a court order ordered by Judge Garzón – the Supreme Court has ruled that there has been no unlawful pension action for the funds – but also because some have been identified as protagonists of the operation which would certainly encourage Francisco González to hire Villarejo.
The attempt of Luis del Rivera – President Sacyra – and Juan Abelló to take control of the bank and refuse Francisco González had the implicit support of some former consultants who had significant holdings. According to leakage information that has occurred in recent weeks, the bank has hired Villarejo to defend this group of shareholders precisely, although the methods used, it seems, smells illegal on all four sides,
According to this information, Villarejo watched hundreds of dealers, senior CNMV officials and even members of the government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, track and record your phone calls. The summaries of these interviews, at least the core of what had to do with Sacy's attempt to attack the bank management, were handed over to Julia Corrochan, head of security for the entity, who was briefed by Francisco González.
Doubts about the initial investigation conducted by the bank
BBVA officially acknowledged that in June it launched an internal investigation of payments made to Villarejo, the result of which is unknown. Recently, the unit has been hired by two external firms to reinforce and deepen this work. Yesterday, however, he learned that the first investigation had been commissioned by Joaquin Gortari's chief audit officer. Despite the fact that Gortari, former cabinet chief and man of the highest trust, Francisco González, acted as a mediator in some commissions made to Villarejo. In particular, according to yesterday's information yesterday, an Aegean security study led in mid-2016, just before BBVA President began a holiday in the area after hiring a schooner.