The Examining Court number 46 of Madrid has cited Teresa Arévalo as investigated. Arévalo, a former Podemos worker and current advisor to the Ministry of Equality, was ‘accused’ of acting as a “caregiver” of one of the daughters of Irene Montero and Pablo Iglesias by the former head of regulatory compliance of the purple formation, Mónica Carmona,
In the resolution, to which you have had access 20minutos, the judge imputes Arévalo and calls her to testify within two and a half months, July 14 at 12.00, and maintains that the facts “present characteristics that make one presume the possible existence of a criminal offense.”
Specifically, it initiates preliminary proceedings for an alleged crime of unfair administration against Arevalo and Montero, and orders that the resolution be notified to the Minister of Equality through the Commissariat of Congress.
The instructor also cites, in this case as witnesses, the person in charge of finance at Podemos, Daniel de Frutos; to the manager, Rocio Val, and a worker from the security area, in this case, for July 19. In addition, he also wants to hear the testimony of the complainant, Monica Carmona, and from a former party employee
Sources of Podemos, for their part, maintain that this is “another cause based on falsehoods” and predict “that it will be shelved”, although “it serves to generate headlines against United We Can. three days from voting in an election“.
A derivative of the ‘Neuron case’
The investigations around Arévalo have their origin in a complaint against Podemos made by José Manuel Calvente –Former party lawyer– and the aforementioned Monica Carmona.
Based on that original complaint and the testimony of both in court, several lines of investigation were opened on the works of the party headquarters, various campaign contracts, salaries of workers who could violate the internal regulations of Podemos and the solidarity fund, which Calvente and Carmona described as “Caja B de Podemos.”
Several of those lines have already been archived or discontinued throughout almost a year of instruction, while others are still alive, especially the one related to a campaign contract with the consulting firm Neurona. The party and several of its leaders are accused in the case, but there is no conviction.
Throughout the process, the judge asked Carmona for more evidence about the original facts, to which the former party’s regulatory compliance officer responded by expanding her complaint and proposing new lines of research, one of which is the one that affects Arévalo and Montero.
According to Carmona’s account, Arévalo –Montero’s team coordinator since 2019, before her arrival at the Ministry– she served as “caretaker” for one of the daughters of the minister and the former vice president Iglesias.
To support that claim, contributed a photograph where Arévalo is seen holding the baby, as well as a bill for train tickets for an act of the party to which Montero, his daughter – who at that time was a few months old and was nursing -, Arevalo and three other workers traveled Of the information.
The judge of the so-called ‘Neurona case’ considered that these events had no relation to the original cause, so he decided that they should be investigated separately. With the resolution known this Friday, the court on which the case has fallen start your research to determine if any irregularity could have been committed.