The head of the Court of Instruction Number 47 of Madrid, Adolfo Carretero, has refused this Friday to charge the coordinator of Human Resources and head of purchases of the City Council of the capital, Elena Collado, in the case where the pitch of the masks starring by businessmen Luis Medina and Alberto Luceño.

In a car, to which EL MUNDO has had access, the instructor maintains that there are no indications that Collado committed crimes of influence peddling, fraud, prevarication or embezzlement of public funds.

The Prosecutor’s Office had asked the instructor to refuse to cite Collado as being investigated. The judge, in tune with Anticorruption, considers that Collado “was deceived by the commission agents” and that she “acted in good faith in the hiring”.

The instructor stresses that Luceño and Medina “hid” him the amount of “their disproportionate commissions that inflated the price of the contracts” for the sale of medical supplies that they signed with the City Council through the Malaysian company Leno in the first wave of the pandemic. of Covid-19.

Likewise, magistrate Adolfo Carretero maintains that Collado acted in “good faith” and that he had the “imperative need” to bring sanitary material “to avoid more deaths among municipal officials without being required, at the height of the crisis. pandemic with thousands of deaths, exhaustive checks in relation to medical supplies, when there was no predetermined criterion regarding their price”.

In contrast, Carretero summons Elena Collado as a witness on May 27 at 12:30 p.m. in his court.

In addition, in the same order, the judge rejects the claim to also charge the Treasury delegate of the Madrid City Council, Engracia Hidalgo, as requested by the popular accusation exercised by Podemos.

The purple formation requested that the agreement signed between the Madrid City Council and the municipal funeral services company be investigated, requesting that Hidalgo be summoned as investigated for having signed the three contracts signed with the Malaysian company Leno. Judge Carretero replies that there is no indication that these contracts were used “ad hoc” “to avoid the control of advance payments by municipal intervention, which, in addition to being preposterous, would constitute a prospective investigation.”

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