Several BBVA ex-advisers felt spied and watched several years after they left the financial institution's governing body, though they never reported. In some cases there was even evidence, other doubts, and many assumptions about what could be concealed. It was discovered that the bank for fourteen years had been hired by excomisario José Manuel Villarejo and the supposedly spying work that was directly commissioned by its president Francisco González. doubts turned into conviction.
This was reported by EL CORREO to some of the former advisor to the resigned entities – in truth, it must be said that they were dismissed or forced to resign – in 2002, after the existence of the former BBV property that was left outside the entity's balance sheet , and was operated via a company based in Jersey. The issue that had already led to the end of 2001 was the resignation of the then co-president of the bank, Emili Ybarre and the chief executive of Pedra Luis Uriartea.
"For several years I had absolute security my phones are controlled as well as those of my closest relatives, We've all noticed weird things, as you've recalled the conversation you just had, when I picked up the handset again, "says a former bank advisor at the time.
The tension between this group of BBV and Francis González counselors was more than obvious. The exit of this parallel operation that the entity had for decades, He also revealed the opening of pension funds on behalf of 22 directors who came from the Basque bank, formalized just before joining Argentaria and for a combined amount of EUR 19.3 million. The money came from the Jersey account and all pointed to the fact that it was the last compensation to the directors, since from that moment on and after the merger of their cash benefits would be significantly reduced.
Although from a historical perspective it can be seen that compensation – on average less than 900,000 euros per advisor – must be marked as "marginal" compared to the remuneration that the bank has paid for some of its senior duties in the last decade. It was a lever on which Francis González leaned to make the real impasse in the dome of the corporationFrom that moment on, the directors who came from Argentaria became the majority, and González managed to start managing the bank without any hindrance or opposition.
"I have always suspected that the escorts transfer the information to the bank. Where I went, with whom I met, what I said in his presence …", Points out to another ex-bank advisor. Francisko González himself, insisted, "insisted" that the financial institution pay the costs of escorting former advisers, despite the circumstances in which they left the bank and the existing tensions.
Although at that time almost everyone understood it as a "logical gesture," since many of them retained their usual residence in Basque, and their public glory placed them at the center of the terrorist band's extermination. ETA. "No matter what they did as escorts and that they were really good people, and that their main mission was to protect me, I always had the idea that what they saw was known to Franciscus González», Adds a former advisor.
- Controlled communications.
One of them even heard their conversations before he picked up the handset.
- Fight for power
Some offered their support to the Sacyr operation, which encouraged Villarre's employment.
Face to face
The tension between this group of directors and the president of BBVA has remained alive for many years, not only because the case has led to court proceedings ordered by Judge Garzón – the Supreme Court ruled that there were no illegal actions in the case of pension funds, but because of that some have been identified as the protagonists of the operation which would have prompted Francis González to hire Villar's services.
Attempting Luisa del Rivera, President Sacyr and Juan Abelló to take control of the bank and the resignation of Francis González, had the implicit approval of some former advisors who had significant contributions. According to the leak of information that has occurred in the last few weeks, the bank has engaged Villarey's services to defend that group of shareholders, albeit the methods used, it seems, smell on all four sides.
According to this information, Villarejo spied hundreds of businessmen, senior CNMV officials, and even José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's cabinet members, track and record phone calls. The summaries of these conversations, at least a fundamental part of what had to do with Sacy's attempt at attacking the bank's leadership, was handed over to the head of entity security, Juli Corrochan, who at one time informed Francis González.
There is no doubt about the initial investigation by the bank
BBVA officially confirmed that in June launched an internal investigation of payments made by Villarejo, the result of which was unknown. Recently, the entity hired two outsourcing companies to strengthen and deepen the business. However, yesterday he learned that the first investigation was entrusted to the internal auditor Joaquín Gortaria. Despite the fact that Gortar, the former head of the cabinet and the man of the highest trust of Francis González, acted as a mediator in some of the commissions that Villarre had made. Specifically, according to information known yesterday, security study in the Aegean Sea was conducted in mid-2016, just before President BBVA began vacationing in the area after he hired school.