Podemos asks the judge of the ‘Neurona case’ to gather in the expert report all the works that the witnesses have accredited


can wants to guarantee that the expertise ordered by the judge Juan Jose Escalonilla in November 2021 as part of the neuron case collect all the services and materials prepared by the Mexican consultant for the party in the electoral campaign for the April 2019 elections and which have been accredited by two Neurona workers in their statements for the last months of May and June.

This is what the defense of the leader of Podemos requested on Wednesday Juan Manuel del Olmowhich recalls that the Provincial Court of Madrid ruled in favor of expanding the subject of the expertise once the testimonies have been carried out via a rogatory commission in Mexico “because waiting for them to be carried out would lead to a delay in the investigation, which is in itself incompatible with what is indicated in the LOREG [Ley Orgánica del Régimen Electoral General]“, is indicated in the judgment of the Court.

Judge Escalonilla is investigating the Podemos contract with consultancy firm Neurona, which cost 363,000 euros from the party’s own funds, under suspicion that it was a fictitious contract that hid alleged illegal funding. Vox is represented in the case.

Thus, with the support of the Madrid court, Podemos asks Judge Escalonilla to take into account as the subject of the expert report he requested almost a year ago, and about which the Public Prosecutor’s Office expressed little confidence, that it collects all the work of the consultant identified by the witnesses Waldemar Aguado and Germán Cobo.

Aguado has accredited how the work of analysis, programming, design and layout of the website of the United We Can electoral coalition; consultancy for the development of a graphic identity for the electoral campaign, whose main functions were the coalition logo design; on the development of candidates’ posters; and collaborating with the match team on product design
addressed to the social networks.

As for Cobo, the adviser of Neurona, he confirmed that the services related to the strategic consulting, demography and ‘big data’.

Since November 2021, the head of Madrid’s 42nd Investigative Court, Juan José Escalonilla, has been on standby. Expert opinion on the cost of services rendered by Neurona workers for Podemos in the electoral campaign for the April 2019 elections. The report has not yet started due to the difficulties the magistrate is having in finding experts to undertake the work, as this newspaper reported last June.

The expert “will include the evaluation of the segmentation strategy work prior to the editing or production of the videos and their quantity and quality, this last aspect, that of quality, to be taken into account also in relation to the designs”, he is stated in the order of November 2021. The judge wants to know if Podemos paid an excessive price and for this he also wants to investigate the quality of the services provided by Neurona, which is allegedly difficult to assess, as it has ventured the floor.

Last May, Judge Escalonilla asked the Interprofessional Union of the Community of Madrid, an entity bringing together 42 professional associations, to appoint a qualified expert to produce the report. But of this entity the court was informed on Tuesday that “there is no specialty and / or subspecialty within the professional associations which make up this association having the know-how to deliver the requested expertise”. Since then, no more news concerning the expertise.

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