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The “Azoud Affair”, the corruption that swept through popular and socialist Valencians and left IU clean

The Azud case, a summary of which was partly made public last week, took País Valencià back to the time of the Camps lawsuits. Rita Barbera The Smurfs, millions of Alfonso Rus and Zaplana commissions. The return is literal as the supposed corruption crimes investigation by the Central Operations Unit (CSO) of the Civil Guard was supposed to take place between 1999 and 2013, at the height of the speculative euphoria caused by the real estate bubble.

Unlike other cases of the time, in this police investigation, the image of corruption is much more transversal and ingrained than the theme “thief“. One way or another, all existing parties in those years were spattered, albeit indirectly, with a summary. And even some that did not exist yet. Although the People’s Party obviously suffered the most, the Socialist Party does not lag behind, which has some advantages, given institutional power difference both units had at the time of the alleged crimes. The PP then dominated not only the Generalitat but also the three councils and the vast majority of cities.

This police investigation reveals a much more pervasive and ingrained image of corruption than the “PP thief” topic.

However, the PSOE’s presumptive successor, José Luis Vera, was accused by the Civil Guard of mediating the then mayor of Benicassim, the socialist Francesc Colomer, to design an urban development operation in the Desert de les Palmes natural park. with the complicity of the religious order of the Discalced Carmelites. In addition to negotiations with socialist advisers, in opposition, in Valencia and Xixon. Although more indirectly, Compromís also appears in the summary.

The company of the historical leader of the Nationalist Bloc Valencia – currently Més Compromís, the main formation of the Compromís – Pere Mayor, appears to be involved in the land reclassification operation in Burjasot for installation Eroski shopping center. The operation was never completed and it will not be investigated whether there was any crime, because if there was, he would have already been discharged. Even Vox is indirectly mentioned in the plot. And it was really difficult, because the far-right formation would not be founded until 2013.

But PP’s supposed main successor, Rita Barber’s lawyer and son-in-law, Jose Maria Corbin, was supposed to be one of his star signatures. With the departure of the Barber family from the PP, who felt the party had betrayed the former mayor’s legacy, some members of the family turned to Vox.

Rita’s niece and Corbin’s daughter, Rita Corbin Barbera, was number two for Valencia on Santiago’s list of abascals. The operation was thwarted by the arrest of José María Corbin in the weeks leading up to the election, when the Asud case was in full swing.

United Left exclusion

But the name of the formation, which does not appear in the still declassified part of the 700 volumes of documentation, United Left. Well, he actually appears, but in a completely opposite direction from the others.

The formation that does not appear in the part of the 700 volumes of documentation declassified so far is the Izquierda Unida.

In one of the e-mails intercepted by the UCO between businessman Jaime Febrer, head of the conspiracy, and Valencia’s then city planning adviser and currently a PP MP, Jorge Bellverthe builder complains that “the file has fallen into the hands of one Raul, who is a very sophisticated United Left planner and works alone.”

Therefore, Febrer asks the council member to petition to change the official responsible for processing the file in order to expedite the procedure. “Yesterday Jorge I received a letter from Monica Montoro, very excited because ED (…) Florentina does not handle it directly (…). Now it is in the hands of a technician named Raul. I know I’m a pain in the ass with this issue, but see if you can give it a quick fix and let Florentina take over. Hugs, Jaime,” read another declassified email.

Documentation provided by UCO does not indicate whether or how Bellver administered control, but the “joke” was widely circulated by various Esquerra Unida positions and activists, demonstrating that they were “not the same”.

More worried about PSOE than PP

Although most commissions and real estate transactions are related to administrations managed by PP, the Azud case can hurt the socialists more than popular ones. On the one hand, the electorate of the NP is already completely lulled by the corruption scandals of its party, and this issue is unlikely to affect them even more. In the same days, the first trial in the Imelsa case began, which investigates box B Valencian PPwithout side shows traces of discomfort.

All these cases are considered “last water” and are written off. Also, in the Azuda case, the only one still involved in the PR is Deputy Jorge Bellver, while everyone else is suspended.

With socialists, things are different. One of the main defendants, sentenced to two months of preventive detention, Rafael Rubio, a PSOE adviser in Valencia at the time he allegedly charged commissions of hundreds of thousands of euros for part of the site. But the fact is that Rubio was an active deputy delegate of the Spanish government at the time of his arrest, in addition to one of the key figures of the current former minister José Luis Abalos in the party.

One of the main defendants, who has been provisionally jailed for two months, is Rafael Rubio, a PSOE adviser in Valencia.

The PSOE’s intended successor, José Luis Vera, has been a figure of relevance to the party to date. Hired as head of legal for public company Diputación, Divalterra – after numerous allegations – was not fired until this Thursday, months after the scandal erupted.

Other names involved – although not indicted -, like the former mayor of Benicassim, Francesc Colomer, are now part of the government of the Generalitat. To these facts we must add the speech of one of the party’s heavyweights, Manolo Matawho last July agreed to lead the defense of Jaime Febrer.

Despite the discomfort this decision caused among his coalition partners, as well as among the Socialists themselves, Mata decided to keep the dual task of being an MP and the Socialist representative in Parliament, as well as a lawyer for the alleged bribery of his party’s allegations. as much as possible”. When this became impossible with the partial publication of the resume, Mata decided to drop his charges and return to his work as a lawyer.

Mata himself stated that he was “tired” from political activity, and from his entourage confirm that he “wanted to leave for a long time.” However, the motivation chosen for this caused only suspicion and surprise.


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