Thursday, 9 May 2013

Accused of money laundering through Gibraltar, he refuses to cooperate

Eduardo Eraso
MADRID / GIBRALTAR One of the country's many cases of corruption is called Gürtel, which involves its alleged mastermind, Francisco Correa, and his supposed right-hand man, Pablo Crespo. Another person involved is Eduardo Eraso, the Venezuelan who is allegedly the 'front man' for Correa, and who together with Crespo chose to use his right not to answer questions from Judge Pablo Ruiz, about at least five million euros supposedly hidden in Gibraltar behind a network of companies. It is alleged that Eraso moved money for Crespo and Correa in and out of several of the Rock's financial services between 2001 and 2005, and is thus charged with money laundering and tax evasion. Eraso was found to have had>>>
an account at the Dresdner Bank in Geneva, Switzerland. This information came from the Swiss authorities when they were asked to report on the existence of another account in the name of former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas, which at one contained €22 million.

These two cases are also related to other corruption investigations in several regions of Spain, all of which are being uncovered by courageous judges.

(See also the sidebar under Spain is in a mess, here's why.)

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