The former president of the Valencia Provincial Council Alfonso Rus testified as a defendant in the trial for separate part D of the ‘Taula Case’. Rus has discharged responsibility for hiring a ‘call center’ allegedly rigged on the technicians of the provincial institution and their subordinates.
Defense ‘Taula’ attacked “hidden registration” of “money junkie” despite the decision that endorses them.
The judgment, held before the fifth section of the Provincial Court of Valencia, focused on the alleged manipulation of the contract, awarded to the company Servimun. A company fronted by Mariano López, former father-in-law of Marcos Benavent, self-styled ‘money junkie’, received 158,833 euros from the successful bidder (15% of the total contract price).
The former politician of the PP stated that it was the technician of the provincial institution that chose the company Servimun as the cheapest to provide the service, after the management was entrusted to the public company Imelsa, where Marcos Benavent was in charge. Rus also assured that the people in charge of the parcel were two provincial deputies: Rafael Pérez, councilor of Imelsa, and José Manuel Haro, responsible for Collection.
Anti-corruption request eight years in prison for Alfonso Rus, for alleged crimes of administrative malfeasance, embezzlement of public funds and influence peddling; four and a half for Benavent, for prevarication and embezzlement, and 13 years for Mariano López and businessman Fernando José Palomares, from the company that granted the appeal center.
Alfonso Rus denied that the businessman Mariano López, former father-in-law of the ‘money junkie’ and also accused, did the mediation for the Servimun company that provided the service. He acknowledged that he knew López, who chaired the Xàtiva employers’ association. “He did not tell me that the company is mine, I think he had nothing to do with the company,” Rus said.
Regarding the official Salvador Deusa, responsible for drawing up the contract specifications and also accused in this case, Alfonso Rus slipped that he should be “from the PSOE” and even “communist”. He denied that he spoke to the official, who was a schoolmate of Mariano López, about the award in the ‘call center’.
The former PP politician also acknowledged that an official warned him about “some problems” with the provision of the service, such as the 11,000 calls that the ‘call center’ stopped answering. The manager of the area told him that these problems were normal since it was the first year that the service was provided.
Rus also stated that Marcos Benavent and daughter Mariano López separated in 2009, therefore they had a “relationship to kill”. “All this problem comes from that,” concluded the former president of the Valencia Provincial Council.