The Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) has sent a report to the Court of Instruction number 42 of Madrid in which it questions the documentation provided to the case by Podemos and has warned of the “multiple discrepancies” in the attempt of the ‘purple’ training to justify the work of the consultancy mexicana Neurona for the 2019 electoral campaign.

In a report of 252 pages, to which Europa Press has had access, the agents of the judicial police have presented their conclusions on the 3,236 files provided by the party last February within the framework of the investigation carried out by the judge to determine whether the relationship between the consulting firm and the training then led by Pablo Iglesias was based or not on a simulated contract.

After months of analysis, they have concluded that the people listed as part of the Neurona staff who traveled to Spain to work on the Podemos campaign “they did not comply with the mandatory requirement of obtaining a work visa to carry out said activity”.

In this sense, the investigators have advised Judge Juan José Escalonilla that, in addition, “multiple discrepancies have been found” on the people who were in Spain, among which there are contradictions between the documentation provided by the ‘morada’ formation and what was stated by the landlords and owners of the properties in which they allegedly stayed.

“Repeated passports”

The UDEF has assured in its report that “the passports provided to lease the properties were repeated and in others, according to the tenants ‘evidence and documents, there were people who do not appear in the workers’ lists. ”He has also warned of records of lodging reservations that were finally canceled.

Archive image of Pablo Iglesias.

Regarding the photographs provided by the party to support the presence of Neurona workers in the offices on Maudes Street, the researchers have specified that the files provided lack metadataTherefore, “the time frame in which they were carried out or the purpose of the activity they are developing cannot be determined.”

They have advised, however, that in one of the photographs “it is observed that it is temporarily incompatible with the electoral acts of the campaign of April 28 “of 2019.

Other campaigns

As they have specified, some of the images correspond to “the first posting of posters of the electoral campaign of May 26, 2019” for the municipal elections, “that did not correspond to the purpose of the contract“.

Regarding the videos provided, the agents have managed to identify “after a search in open sources” two of the people who appear as authors of the alleged campaign materials prepared by Podemos –Alejandro Neira and Víctor José Sánchez–, but they have warned that one of the videos “seems to have another purpose” other than the work carried out within the framework of the 2019 generals campaign, which is what is being investigated in the case.

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The case is repeated with the rest of the Neurona staff that the judicial police have tried to identify in open sources. According to the researchers, they carried out work for other electoral campaigns. On the search in social networks to locate the 1,385 files presented by Podemos as works carried out by Neurona, The UDEF has notified the court that it has only found 42, which “represents a little more than 3%” of the amount analyzed.

The report becomes part of the documentation held by the judge to investigate the contract that Podemos signed with Neurona Comunidad for 363,000 euros for political consulting work for the 2019 general elections.


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