The person in charge of the contracts during the pandemic of the Madrid City Council, Elena Collado, has assured the judge today that there was no favored treatment with respect to Luis Medina and his partner Alberto Luceño in the contracts of 15 million euros for sanitary material.
In her statement as a witness before the judge in the mask case, Adolfo Carretero, Collado explained that it was she who called Medina after receiving an email. Her version, according to legal sources, is that the son of the late Duke of Feria sent an email to the general mail available to the Madrid City Council for whom he wanted to make donations of medical supplies, such as masks or gloves.
That email had been provided to Medina by the mayor's cousin José Luis Martínez Almeida. It is a generic mail where all the proposals arrived. Collado, a trusted person of the "popular" mayor, denies that someone gave him the order to call Medina.
According to her testimony, the mail that Medina sends to the generic mail is bounced back to her and it is from there that she gets in touch with him to start the negotiations. However, she denied that this contact came through the mayor's cousin Carlos Almeida, whom she does not know and has never spoken to.
With their statement, all the witnesses who have been summoned by the head of the Court of Instruction number 47 of Madrid have disassociated the mayor from these contracts and have denied that Medina had received preferential treatment.
Likewise, during an interrogation of more than three hours, Collado explained that the three contracts signed with the Malaysian company Leno, with the intermediation of the brokers Medina and Luceño, were endorsed by a legal report.
Likewise, he clarified that the purchased material was not the most expensive order that the City Council made in those months of 2020 after expanding in Covid-19.