JUNTA de Andalucia officials should be jailed over the bogus training scheme scandal, a top judge has said.
Javier Romero, who is leading the Operation Edu investigation in Huelva, said the Junta’s actions carry ‘a genuine penal responsibility’.
“The true victims are unemployed people that should have been the recipients of this money,” he said.
“The Junta and its inactions have allowed and consented to this scandal.”
The ongoing investigation has heard that former employment minister Manuel Recio fraudulently handed €50 million to a businessman he said he didn’t actually know.
He said he was merely ‘rubber stamping’ deals already made with svengali Angel Ojeda, who owned various companies, which received millions to set up bogus training programmes for the unemployed.
Recio claimed he did not know him, despite having worked with Ojeda’s sister-in-law for a number of years.
Three other Junta bosses, meanwhile, have been heavily criticised for failing to answer questions in the official probe.
Podemos has now filed a denuncia against Fatima Banez and Maria Dolores Genaro for failing to attend orders to appear, with a third is likely.