The former manager of Podemos, Pablo Manuel Fernández Alarcón, testified for just over an hour on May 21 before the judge in the Neurona case, Juan José Escalonilla, and denied each of the claims that the former lawyer of Podemos, José Manuel Calvente, put in his mouth in the complaint that initiated the ‘Neurona case’.
Fernández Alarcón denied that bonuses were paid. During his tenure, he assured that he did not approve salary supplements for training workers and described how the decision and unification of criteria were adopted. After we were created, we had “a little mess “ and contracts and salary supplements were unified by responsibility and category, depending on the position.
In 2016, a “salary categorization” was carried out from the Citizen Council because “at the beginning we were a group of people with various contracts” and it was necessary to create a pay scale. A process that was carried out from 2016 to 2017. The scale was approved by the Coordination Council of Podemos, specifically, three salary categories and two supplements, the responsibility, if it ceased, “you stopped charging it “, has said.
“I don’t remember ever saying that.”
Fernández Alarcón, as a witness, insisted that he did not implement any complement and “there was no rule that prevented it.”
During the interrogation, to whom has had access to Cadena SER, responded to questions based on Calvente’s version in his complaint, when he pointed to the former manager as his main source within the party and on which he based his accusations on supposed bonuses, payments in B, or “null” jobs of Neurona that, according to Calvente, he told him that they served to “pay people who in their day gave money for the formation of the party.”
The judge was interested in his knowledge of Neurona and the former manager pointed out “I have not heard anything until this year.” And it was blunt. “This man refers to a time when he was not a manager, he did not work at Podemos and he was not even in Spain.” And he concluded “by no means, I remember ever saying that to anyone.”
Calvente also pointed to Fernández Alarcón as the person who said that the founder of Podemos, Juan Carlos Monedero, was “a commission agent.” To which the former manager said in his statement “I don’t usually make those comments. I don’t remember ever saying that. “ Moreover, he assured that if he had had knowledge of any corruption “he would have denounced it immediately.”