BBVA accuses the judge of the ‘Villarejo case’ and Anti-Corruption of "coercion" for insisting on their collaboration

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The clash between BBVA and the judge and prosecutors investigating the Villarejo case grows as the end of the investigation approaches, now definitively set for the month of January. This Friday he went one step further, with the entity accusing the instructing magistrate and Anti-Corruption of coercion contrary to his right of defense,

BBVA, accused in the case, had been urgently summoned to clarify whether it authorized the lawyers who had addressed the internal investigation of the case to answer the questions of the instructor and the Public Ministry. And also to indicate if she was willing to provide more documentation about those investigations within the bank regarding the hiring of retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo.

The bank’s representative has responded in court that these requests are out of place, both because of the moment in which they occur and because of their content.

The director of BBVA Legal Services, Adolfo Fraguas, was the one who spoke on behalf of the entity and concluded with “we cannot access what was requested.”

“We must emphasize that in no case can collaboration mean that the investigated legal entity is required to relieve its lawyers of the duty of secrecy, nor to renounce the right to communicate with its lawyers or their lawyers with their technical assistants, requiring them to provide the communications between them or the product of their work,” said Fraguas.

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