Madrid (EFE) Mobility and Environment, Borja Carabante.
This has been communicated by councilor Marta Higueras, who was deputy mayor of Madrid between 2015 and 2019, who has shown the documentation related to the filing of her complaint, on January 30, and the response of the Prosecutor’s Office on February 17, in which it communicates the opening of proceedings for administrative prevarication, bribery, influence peddling and illicit association, the crimes denounced by the mayor.
In 2020, the Environment and Mobility Area put out to tender the drafting of the execution project for the “Paseo Verde del Suroeste” for an estimated value of 4,135,250 euros, a contract that was modified due to the relaunch of Operation Camp.
Madrid awarded the A-5 project to the company where Carabante’s brother works
The winner was Esteyco-Subterra “because it is the businessman who has presented the offer with the best value for money according to the weighting of the award criteria”, but Eldiario.es published that one of the brothers from Carabante works in the company who, According to the digital newspaper, he annulled the award the day after accepting it, in August 2020.
A few days later, the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, accepted a request for Carabante’s abstention from awarding the contract and ordered the City Council spokesperson and Security and Emergencies delegate, Inmaculada Sanz, to replace him in the process that ended weeks later with the decision that the same company would take charge of the project.
Higueras denounced, in addition to Almeida and Carabante, the Subterra Energía company, which was awarded the contract; Rafael Carabante, the brother of the Councilor for Mobility and the Environment; the spokesperson for the municipal Executive, Inmaculada Sanz; and María Dolores Ortiz Sánchez, General Director of Mobility of the Madrid City Council.
Investigation, not imputation of those affected
Javier Flores, Marta Higueras’ lawyer, has clarified that the opening of proceedings “does not imply the imputation of any of those affected”, while “we will have to wait for the proceedings to end”, although he has stated that, with the documentation sent by the Higueras team, the Prosecutor’s Office “understood that there are indications” to begin the investigation.
For her part, the now councilor of the Mixed Group in the City Council has realized that, at present, she is providing information to the Prosecutor’s Office and has indicated that, in addition to this case, her team is working on the investigation of other contracts in the area de Carabante, especially in areas such as cleaning, in which it claims to have detected “irregularities”, although it has not provided evidence or provided more details.