The judge who stopped machines

The judge who stopped machines

María Núñez Bolaños sat in the armchair of Mercedes Alaya three years ago. It was in 2015 when the then Family Court judge changed divorces and custody of minors for the biggest cases of political corruption in the recent history of Andalusia. The ERE -with all its derivatives-, the fraud of the formation, the case of the guarantees or the one of the Faffe , the Andalusian foundation to train the unemployed, were then in their hands.

That was not the initial plan, not least the one Alaya had in mind when he requested the transfer from the Court of Instruction 6 of Seville to the Provincial Court. Alaya intended to maintain, on secondment, control of the macrocausasand finish them before joining his new post, but, he said this week in an interview in Abc, was the victim of a “deception” and his replacement was all the effects.

In these three years, María Núñez Bolaños has shelved the political piece of training fraud and has made controversial decisions to go directly against the strategic lines set by her predecessor and in almost all the macro-causes of corruption that she received as an inheritance There have been criticisms, some even from the Office of the Prosecutor, for the reification of the same, if not for its paralysis .

The foundation to train unemployed

The investigation opened in the Court of Instruction 6 of Seville about the irregularities in the Foundation Andalusian Training and Employment Fund, according to sources close to the case, practically idling for a couple of years , in which they have barely taken I made some statements and in which requests for information and evidence from the UCO agents have taken, in the best of cases, months to be attended. And this despite the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office has endorsed and reiterated these petitions.

An example is the expenses of executives of the public foundation with the black cards -the ones used, among other things, to pay in brothels- and the operations with the cash boxes that were in the offices of the entity.

The UCO already complained to Judge Núñez in July 2016 who, in turn, requested this information from the Board, but the magistrate took at least six months to do so.

And another example is the audit commissioned by the Andalusian Administration on the Faffe, to which the Civil Guard investigators asked to have access in its entirety. However, at first, and as reflected by the UCO in its latest report, the judge only allowed them to access the document partially .

Training fraud

Judge Mercedes Alaya told, in her interview with Abc, that the PSOE and the PP voted in the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) to “remove” her from the macrocauses because there was fear that she would continue investigating the training courses, where she says – they had found “extremely serious” facts.

His successor soon shelved the main piece of fraud training courses , in which 24 former senior officials of the Andalusian Government, including former employment counsel Antonio Fernandez, one of the prosecuted in the ERE were charged. The PP has appealed to the Audiencia de Sevilla this decision, but has not yet ruled.

Núñez Bolaños announced at the end of June 2016, in the final stretch of the campaign for the general elections , that he planned to archive the main piece of the training courses, although there were witnesses to testify as the accusations had requested that practice new diligences.

In October 2016, the controversial archiving order was announced, in which the judge ruled out that there was a “clientele network” linked to the PSOE monopolizing the aid of the training courses of the Andalusian Government or that the millionaire funds were distributed according to criteria of « political clientelism ».

For this judge, “it is not significant” that among the “more than 18,000 granted grants we find 39 companies that have some connection with the Socialist Party”. The PP, that was personado in the cause, had requested a series of diligences in the court after verifying that the Board had granted at least 101.160.469,63 euros in subsidies for courses to “a plot of 45 companies linked to positions of the Government Andalusian or the PSOE, or partners and family members ».

Aids to the ex ‘number 2’ of the PSOE-A

Judge Núñez has also filed, in October 2017 , the investigation into four aids received by the academy Aulacen Cinco SL, linked to the former ‘number two’ of the Andalusian PSOE Rafael Velasco , without even calling him to testify. The Junta de Andalucía granted subsidies for courses worth 730,000 euros to this company in four years.

Then, the magistrate made a Solomonic decision , since, on the one hand, she shelved the investigation on four aids, and on the other, she sent the judges of Córdoba the grants received by the Velasco women’s academy that were processed by the Board. in the province of Cordoba.

Guarantees and IDEA transfers

The investigation of the guarantees granted to companies and the transfers of financing executed by the Agency IDEA of the Junta de Andalucía, in which a sister-in-law of Judge Núñez works, has also generated great controversy, since the investigations have barely advanced in these years.

In fact, the one investigated in the ‘case of guarantees’ – previously charged – Jesús María Rodríguez Román , Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Business from March 2005 to March 2010 and member of the Governing Board of IDEA, has come to request the dismissal of this case, “not having the slightest specification of the alleged circumstantial base that supports his call to the procedure”. The Hearing of Seville has rejected it, but it has certified that this investigation “advances slowly” .

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has also complained in writing that “the progress of the investigation has been virtually non-existent, despite the fact that the prosecutor has interested in different occasions the practice of proceedings” that have been denied “in a systematic manner by the magistrate “Núñez Bolaños.

Precisely over a year ago, Nunez said of the research on IDEA funding transfers that this case could become “a cause of dimensions” even “greater” than ERE , in which it would have “affected”, as “Political personalities of opposite sign to the party that exerts the popular accusation”, the PP. However, little has been done to clarify this case.

The PP has been trying since 2016 trying to appear in the case on the transfers of irregular financing in IDEA, but Judge Nunez imposed, initially, a bail of 30,000 euros that the “popular” seemed “absolutely unfair and disproportionate.”

The PP has also presented an incident of recusation against Núñez Bolaños because his sister-in-law María Guija Villa was in charge of controlling the payments of the IDEA Agency and is affected by the investigation on the financing transfers. When not being personado in the cause, the judge rejected the recusación.