Valencia, May 19 (EFE) .- The three civil guards accused of being part of a network dedicated to withdraw money from Spain to China declared in an investigation phase that they only wanted to “do a favor” to a Chinese friend, to avoid him queues and had to count bills in public.
The Provincial Court of Valencia today welcomed the second session of the trial of eight accused, including two civil guards who worked at Manises Airport and another retired agent who supposedly, in exchange for commissions, helped the other defendants, of Chinese origin , to avoid the boarding controls.
His intention to “do a favor” to a Chinese friend is in the statements that were made in the investigation phase and that have been read in the courtroom at the request of the prosecutor, although all the agents have refused to ratify them because they have received pressures , as they have stated.
Both the agents and the alleged Chinese citizen of the plot have refused to answer more questions than those of their lawyers.
The events occurred in the summer of 2013, when two of the accused – an agent and an “email” – were detained in the airport toilets when the former handed the latter a backpack with 520,000 euros and official cash movement documents to pass the controls without problems.
The defendants (a sergeant, a second lieutenant and a retired guard) would have acted in this way at least eight times between July 14 and September 24, 2013.
According to the sergeant in the investigation phase, he twice helped a Chinese friend (the alleged ringleader) to avoid airport controls, but he never knew that he was doing anything illegal because “the official papers” were filled out.
This Chinese citizen traveled with small bills, according to the story of the processed sergeant, fruit of his benefits in a restaurant and clothing business that he ran, so he wanted to avoid “having to count money in public in the customs”.
He denied having received money in exchange for these “favors”, although if “loans” personal, with the commitment to return the money.
The alleged Chinese leader has denied, to questions of his lawyer, having paid the guards, whom he knew as customers of his restaurant, and explained that one of them (the retired agent) used to pick up his son from school, accompanied him as a driver to visit lovers and collect money to Madrid and also on a business trip to Ukraine.
This former agent (he retired in June 2013, as he explained) said in his first statement – which he has not ratified today – that on one of these trips another of the defendants handed them a backpack with money once the customs controls had passed ” to avoid queues and not show tickets “and that he believed” that was legal “.
The second lieutenant, who was caught in the airport toilets after delivering a backpack with money, initially stated that the sergeant was aware of everything and that he had previously done the same, although he was convinced that “the money had been declared” and that, consequently, he was committing “at the most, an administrative infraction”.
He did so, as explained in the investigation phase, because he felt “moral obligation” to return a favor to the alleged ringleader of the plot, who had helped him financially on several occasions.
“I learned the contents of the backpack hours after being detained, they did not show me the content, the amount they told me (520,000 euros) amazed me,” he said today to his lawyer’s questions.
The prosecutor claims for the agents and for the supposed leader of the plot sixteen and a half years in jail for contraband, falsehood, criminal group membership and bribery.