One of the agents of the Central Operative Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard who testified this Friday in the trial of the second piece of the Imelsa case has assured that the former manager of this public company and self-styled 'money junkie', Marcos Benavent He told them that "Alfonso Rus and other people" warned him at the end of 2014 that he was being investigated and that he should "leave everything sorted out" and leave the country.
The Second Section of the Court of Valencia has held this Friday the seventh session of the trial for the piece of the Imelsa case that investigates the irregular hiring of workers in the public companies Imelsa (provincial) and Ciegsa (autonomous).
This agent explained that he began the investigation after receiving, from the Prosecutor's Office, some audios that were delivered to the Public Ministry by the then US deputy and currently Minister Rosa Pérez Garijo.
"Benavent explains in one of his statements, in 2015, that one of the things he did as manager of Imelsa was to hire personnel who did not really perform any function in the company. That is why we request data from Social Security, the Tax Agency ... Many of these hires were advisers, and we determined who they were and what their actual work had been," this witness stated.
The contracts, according to what this UCO agent told them, Benavent told them, were decided by himself or "at the request of businessmen, such as José Adolfo Vedri, or requests as favors by Alfonso Rus or Emilio Llopis."
The defenses of the defendants in the second of the pieces of the Imelsa case that has reached the trial phase have tried -as happened in the first of the causes- to doubt the integrity of the supports in which the documents were contained. audios that started the case, as well as its custody and dump.
The Civil Guard agents have explained that they worked with a copy of the audios contained in the portable memory or "pendrive" of the Kingston brand delivered by Pérez Garijo to the prosecutor.
However, the case contains a second "pendrive" (from the Intenso brand) delivered by Marcos Benavent's ex-father-in-law, Mariano López, with the same audios -according to the prosecutor- extracted from a computer that Benavent left at his home.
An expert report commissioned by the defense of Alfonso Rus and incorporated into this case (not the first because Rus was not prosecuted in it) concludes that the content of both "pendrives" is not identical, since they have a different folder structure and there are files that are in the first but not in the second.
In addition, this expert also concludes that the computer from which these audios were supposedly extracted has never contained files similar to those found on the "pendrives".
Civil Guard agents have stated that they verified that the analyzed audios were the same on both devices.
In the first of the trials in this macro-cause, the court endorsed as evidence the recordings that Benavent made over the years and which gave rise to this case, and rejected all the doubts that the defenses sowed about the custody, overturning and possible manipulation of the same.
"It is concluded that the transcriptions of the recordings made by Benavent of private conversations in which he was involved correspond to the material actually delivered, both on the Kingston flash drive and on the Intenso flash drive," the court said in its ruling.
"Once the recording was made on the server of the UCO teams, we worked at all times with copies. The flash drives are incorporated into the performances, both the one provided by Doña Rosa (Pérez Garijo), and the one provided by Don Mariano ( López, Benavent's ex-father-in-law), having verified that the audios of the present proceedings are coincident, "added the magistrates. EFE