The former councilor of ERC Xavier Vendrell denied this Monday before the judge investigating the Voloh case that the company Biomek, of which he is a shareholder, received preferential treatment when it was awarded contracts from the Catalan Institute of Medical Evaluations (Icam).
Sources present in the statement have explained that Vendrell has answered the questions of all the parties during his interrogation in the Court of Instruction 1 of Barcelona, which is investigating this case of alleged diversion of funds to the independence movement.
Vendrell has denied the suspicions that fall on him of alleged influence peddling and has explained that there was a public tender to award Biomek the contracting of mechanical tests that are used to evaluate the medical condition of the patient.
To enforce his exculpation, Vendrell has stated that Biomek had already been hired by Icam for years before he joined the company.
The summary of this case includes a meeting between Vendrell and the then Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, which made the investigators suspicious of this alleged favorable treatment.
This Monday, the deputy general director of ICAM, Lidia Domingo, also testified in court, who is also being investigated in this part of the case and, like Vendrell, has answered questions from all parties.
On Monday of next week Vendrell is summoned again before the judge to testify regarding the separate piece that refers to the urban reclassification of the Villa Bugatti land, in Cabrera de Mar (Barcelona).