The Investigating Court No. 15 of Madrid has issued a provisional dismissal order and file the case investigating the rescue of 53 million euros of public aid granted to the Plus Ultra airline, in response to the appeal filed by the company. In the document, dated January 5, to which Efe has had access, Judge Esperanza Collazos points out that “the commission of a crime does not appear duly justified”, since the royal decree on urgent measures to support the economy and employment.
For this reason, it rules out that crimes of embezzlement of public funds, bribery, prevarication, influence peddling, obtaining subsidies or aid from the Administration were committed, falsifying the requirements, as the complaints filed by Manos Limpias, the. In a statement released this Monday, Plus Ultra appreciates that it has become clear that there are no criminal indications of any kind against the SEPI directors or against Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas.
It also highlights that the company “did not hide information or have any intention of defrauding when requesting the financing granted.” The events date back to March 9, 2021, the date on which the Government gave the green light to aid Plus Ultra with 53 million euros in loans from the SEPI Strategic Companies Solvency Support Fund.
“He did not hide information nor did he have any intention of defrauding when requesting the financing granted”
Bartolomé Lora and the organization’s board of directors, following a complaint from the Manos Limpias union for alleged embezzlement in the ransom.
In her order, the magistrate indicated that “the facts denounced suggest the possible existence of a criminal offense.” Among the members of the SEPI board are four State secretaries, Esperanza Casteleiro (Defence), Inés María Bardón (Treasury), Sara Aagesen (Energy) and Ana de la Cueva (Economy and Business Support).
Also the General Secretary for Industry and SMEs, Raúl Blanco, the Director of the Cabinet of the First Vice President of the Government, María Isabel Valldecabres, and the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance, Carlos Moreno.