The president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, seeks his dismissal in the Villarejo case after the judge decided last week to archive the investigations opened within the same macrocause against Antonio Brufau, president of Repsol, and Isidro Fainé, former president of CaixaBank. The head of the electricity company sent this Monday a letter to the National Court, to which EL PAÍS had access, where he requests that his case be dismissed and where he makes explicit reference to the “very correct legal proposals” exposed to shelve the accusations against Brufau and Fainé.
Last Thursday, in the line of investigation on the alleged espionage orders paid to the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo by Repsol and CaixaBank, the investigating judge Manuel García-Castellón concluded that the contracting of these services “did not fall within the scope of control of the president, but in that of his security directors ”. And he added that, “without indications that [Brufau y Fainé] intervene directly ”,“ it is not possible to transfer to them an obligation of corporate supervision and oversight that is delegated ”:“ There is no strict liability by reason of the position, ”he added.
Galán, who also alleges that the facts had prescribed, was summoned to testify as a defendant in June – although the interrogation was suspended and has not yet been held – for crimes of bribery, against privacy and documentary falsification. According to the instruction, for years, Iberdrola commissioned Villarejo at least five espionage projects, but the president of the electricity company denies that he was aware of any irregularity.
In the letter sent this Monday to the National Court, Galán’s defense underlines the “very correct legal approaches” of the judicial resolution on [Brufau y Fainé], “With regard to the non-existent criminal liability of the presidents of the companies to which it refers.” Criteria that, in the opinion of his lawyer, are “applicable” to the head of Iberdrola, “given his position and responsibilities, and the absence of concrete indications of reprehensible personal behavior”.
The president of the energy company also highlights the “negative impact” that his accusation has caused the company: “[El daño] offers an inexpensive translation – objectively verifiable and therefore demonstrable – of several billion euros. Unsustainable context, even for the second company with the highest capitalization in the Ibex 35 stock index and with more than 40,000 employees spread over the five continents ”.
This last letter by Sánchez Galán adds, in addition, to the intense offensive that the electricity company has launched since its imputation. Since then, both the company and its president have presented more than half a dozen appeals and briefs before the judge.