The president of FC Barcelona, John Laportayou will have to justify the 352.000 euros who paid the son of the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) Jose Maria Enriquez NegreiraJavier Enríquez Romero, through the Soccercam company between 2003 and 2006.
as it progressed LDthe Investigating Court nº1 of Barcelona that investigates the Negreira case agreed last Friday the imputation of Javier Enriquez Romero, and declared the secrecy of the proceedings for 1 month. In addition, it extended the investigation from 2001 to the present and added money laundering among the alleged criminal acts.
A report from the Tax Agency included in the summary of the case, to which he has had access digital freedomreflects the payments made by Barça to the son Javier de Negreira through his company Soccercam between 2003 and 2006. The Treasury allocates the payment of 132.456 euros to Soccercam in 2003, with the presidency of “Joan Gaspart until February, the Management Commission and Laporta since June”. The report also includes three other payments by Laporta in 2004, 2005 and 2006 of 67.625 euros, 35.555 euros y 117.276 euros, respectively, to the company of Javier Enríquez.
It should be noted that until now the payments that Negreira’s son received between 2016 and 2018 through the company were being investigated. Tresep of the ex-director of Barça who died in December, Joseph Contreras Said payments tried to be justified by Javier Enríquez for alleged technical advice by presenting dozens of arbitration reports that in no case would cover the millionaire amounts paid by Barça.
Laporta himself used these reports from Negreira’s son that he stored in some boxes during the press conference held last April to try to justify the alleged advice. However, now Laporta has been left without an alibi to justify the payments of 352,000 euros to Javier Enríquez in that period.
Therefore, the decision of the instructor to extend the time period of the investigation fully affects the current president of Barça, Joan Laporta and the former president Joan Gaspart. We recall that until last week only payments to Negreira between 2014 and 2018 were being investigated. For these payments, the former Blaugrana presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep María Bartomeu were accused, and the former directors Albert Soler y Oscar Grau for crimes of corruption in business, unfair administration and documentary falsification.
From now on, the total of the 7.3 million that were paid to the companies of José María Enríquez Negreira through his companies between 2001 and 2018, instead of the 2.9 million of the period 2014-2018.
The crime of money laundering
The Investigating Court No. 1 of Barcelona also decided to add the alleged money laundering to the investigation. As stated in the summary of the case, Negreira took 557,781 euros in cash from the Bank through 120 checks Charged by his secretary and a friend between 2016 and 2019, after charging from FC Barcelona. The amounts of the aforementioned checks were very varied and ranged from 2,000 to 150,000 euros.
The final destination of these amounts is still unknown since it had an impact on the assets of the former vice president of the CTA and for this reason, the Civil Guard requested a series of proceedings to investigate the possible crime of money laundering, which have been accepted by the instructor and which they have been declared secret for at least a month.
Article 301.1 of the Criminal Code includes the crime of money laundering: “Anyone who acquires, possesses, uses, converts, or transmits assets, knowing that they have their origin in a criminal activity, committed by him or by any third person, or performs any other act to hide or conceal its illegal origin, or to help the person who has participated in the offense or offenses to avoid the legal consequences of their actions, will be punished with imprisonment from six months to six years and a fine of up to three times the value of the property”.
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