Valencia (EFE) Marcos Benavent, who gave rise to this judicial macro-cause.
Pérez Garijo has appeared as a witness in the twelfth session of the trial of the piece of the Imelsa case related to the hiring of workers who did not go to their jobs in the public companies Imelsa and Ciegsa.
However, the minister has been questioned basically for her intervention in the germ of this legal case and for the documentation she provided to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Pérez Garijo denounced the facts in 2014
Rosa Pérez filed a complaint with Anti-Corruption in July 2014 in which she provided “the flash drive” that Mariano López had previously given her, with “more than 10 hours of recordings.”
However, as he has pointed out, he had previously informed prosecutor Vicente Torres that he had sensitive information about possible corruption. He did it on the occasion of a meeting in which he filed a complaint against Sergio Blasco -nephew of ex-minister Rafael Blasco- and “in case something happened to him”, since he handled information from “very powerful people”.
“We were working on the documentation for months before filing the complaint,” he explained.
Pérez met Mariano López through the mediation of Agustín Cerdá, ex-deputy of ERPV and companion of the current councilor during his time in the Bloc d’Estudiants, as he explained to the court.
He recalled that he met Mariano López on many occasions in the presence of his adviser Josema Sanz, who in turn also met Mariano López alone.
“Mariano told us things little by little, at first we did not know that he owned Servimun -the call center subcontracted by the Provincial Council- nor that he was Benavent’s father-in-law. Later he explained to us that while he was at his house he opened the computer (of Benavent) and was scared to see what it contained, that he later spoke with his friend Agustín Cerdá and that he told him that he had to talk to Rosa about it. They thought of me because of the opposition we were making.
“After filing the complaint, we kept absolute silence until the Prosecutor’s Office told us that the court had been transferred. We were very jealous of the information, but from then on we held many press conferences to inform, ”he added.
At this point in the statement, one of the defense lawyers has questioned the credibility of the minister’s story by showing some emails in which, apparently, information was shared with a journalist.
Pérez has responded that the email in question is not related to the complaint, but to another matter related to the privatization of services by the Provincial Council, a contract that the US opposed.
Subsequently, he recounted that he accompanied Mariano López to an interview with prosecutor Torres, although she was not present, and that in one of those interviews Benavent’s ex-father-in-law brought the computer that supposedly originally contained all the recordings and documentation. EFE