The former deputy mayor and former vice mayor of Valencia from 1995 to 2015, Alfonso Grauis facing nine years and two months in prison for the alleged crimes of embezzlement, bribery and falsification of a commercial document for the alleged electoral doping of the Popular Party of Valencia in the elections of 2007 and 2011, as requested by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.
An accusation based on an artifice, according to the lawyer of the former vice-mayor of Valencia, Jesus Bonet, for which he has requested the acquittal of his client in the last session of the trial of the Taula case piece because, he has alleged. “An atmosphere has been created in which everything seems corrupt and we have to find someone to blame for the corruption. corruption and the embezzlement”.
The Laterne Papers
Bonet asks for Grau’s acquittal because “There is not one element in the case that allows sustaining the embezzlementhe bribery not even falsehood. Embezzlement has not been proven. A document has not been simulated either in whole or in part.” And he has criticized that the documentation provided by Valencia Plaza in 2016 “It is given veracity as if it were the Bible or the Koran”.
Illegal party financing
Furthermore, he added that “if it were true [esta acusación] we would talk about illegal financing of political parties”, as the magistrate of the Taula case in an order issued in July 2016 in which the magistrate spoke of an electoral crime. Furthermore, if, as revealed in that documentation provided to the case “we give so much importance to contributions [dinerarias] business, we should be talking about illegal financing of political parties“, the lawyer has assured. But this accusation is not formulated in the trial of the alleged box B of the PP of Valencia.
“Apocryphal” list of companies
The lawyer considers that Grau is not accused of this crime because “The list of companies is an apocryphal list, which anyone can make at home. But it acts nuclearly in the procedure“and on which the accusation against Alfonso Grau pivots, who was initially saved from the alleged smurfing of 2015 because he resigned in March of that year because he resigned after being charged in the Nóos case from which he ended up acquitted.
Incriminating documentation for Grau that his lawyer calls “1,100 pages that are work orders and invoices of which Grau is absolutely unaware of these documents.” But, he lamented, “an atmosphere is created in which everything seems corrupt and we have to look for someone to blame for the corruption and embezzlement”.
The argument of Alfonso Grau’s lawyer continues and is expected to also inform the lawyers of Juan Eduardo Santón and José Salinas. The four defendants, Mari Carmen García-Fuster, Alfonso Grau, Juan Eduardo Santón and José Salinas, will also have the right to the last word before the trial is heard for sentencing.