By Fergal MacErlean • 26 March 2022 • 15:22
The President of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso.
Image: Comunidad de Madrid
The contract for the award of 250,000 masks for a total of 1,512,500 euros, from which the brother of the president of Madrid profited, involved European subsidies.
However, according to prosecutors, the Anticorruption office does not believe it should be investigating.
The Anticorruption office says it understands the investigation concerns an alleged crime of influence peddling and not for embezzlement, as the public money was actually used for the purchase of the masks.
Ayuso, who denies any wrongdoing, scathingly said of the legal ping-pong that: “Only the UN has yet to make a pronouncement”.
On Monday, March 28, the State Attorney General is scheduled to study the question of competence raised by the Chief Prosecutor of Anticorruption, Alejandro Luzón, in the board of prosecutors of the Chamber.
Ayuso has said that the mask contract she awarded to a company linked to her brother had been completely legal.
“I asked my brother and he confirmed that he had had a business relationship with the company and that it was all completely legal, and that everything had been declared to the tax authorities,” she said.
Relations between Ayuso and the PP’s former leader, Pablo Casado, had been fraught over recent months and broke down last month when it transpired that an official in the PP-run Madrid city hall contacted a firm of private detectives with a view to getting them to investigate Ayuso and her family.
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Originally from Dublin, Fergal is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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