Almeida’s cousin denies he discussed mask offer with Madrid mayor

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Carlos Martínez-Almeida announced to the judge that he had only provided Luis Medina with a general email from the General Coordination of the Mayor’s Office.

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Carlos Martínez Almeida after testifying in court this Thursday.Luca PiergiovanniEFE
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The cousin of the mayor of Madrid has appeared before a judge this Thursday as a witness investigating the sale of sanitary materials to the capital’s city council. Carlos Martinez-Almeida They have said that their intervention consisted only of providing Luis Medina a generic email from the general co-ordination of the mayor’s office, the person in charge of which they knew.

The witness has not included Jos Luis Martnez-Almeida in the steps so that both investigated –louis medina You Alberto Luceo– They will contact the person in charge of the purchase. According to her account, she received a call from CIS University President Maria Diaz de la Sebosa, who told her that a former student, Luis Medina, was looking for a contact at City Hall to offer medical supplies.

Medina and Carlos Martínez-Almeida spoke and he provided the email address of the General Coordination of the Mayor’s Office ([email protected]). Its manager is Matilde García, whom the mayor’s cousin is said to have known for years. According to the statement, it was with him that he did not have contact with his cousin the mayor, whom he imagined was too busy in those first weeks of the pandemic.

The statement did not clear the way for the accused to contact the high office of Medina’s city council today, with whom Luceo eventually negotiated the sale. It is Elena Collado, who testified as a witness before the prosecutor’s office and whom the popular charges seek to interrogate as part of the investigation. The judge initially called her as a witness but postponed the questioning and has yet to rule on the condition in which she will appear.

Negotiations with the city council ended Medina reporting a million dollars in commission for the sale of masks, an operation that was followed by the sale of gloves and coronavirus tests.

Martínez-Almeida has appeared as a witness despite an appeal in which the Socialist of Madrid, who uses the popular charge, appealed to the Investigative Judge to refuse to testify as an investigator.

As a witness, Martínez-Almeida had to answer all questions. According to sources present in the statement, she was questioned by the judge of the case, Adolfo Carretero, as well as making socialist and popular allegations such as Ms. Madrid. Anti-corruption prosecutor Luis Rodríguez Sol has not questioned and neither has the city council presented himself as injured.

One question remains unanswered. Ms Madrid’s lawyers wanted the witness to report her mobile phone for possible exigencies in the future. The witness has opposed giving it and the judge has concluded that it was not necessary.

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