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Luis Rubiales, free after testifying before the Civil Guard

Rubiales has brought forward his return to Spain and landed this Wednesday at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport to face the judicial case opened against him for alleged irregular contracts during his time as top leader of the RFEF.

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Luis Rubiales, free after testifying before the Civil Guard

Rubiales has brought forward his return to Spain and landed this Wednesday at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport to face the judicial case opened against him for alleged irregular contracts during his time as top leader of the RFEF.

Investigated for alleged corruption crimes in a court in Majadahonda (Madrid), he had planned to return to Spain next Saturday, although he has finally decided to bring forward his return to Spain to this Wednesday and landed in Madrid shortly before 11 in the morning in a flight from Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic).

Members of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard were waiting for Rubiales on the runway of the Madrid airport and he has been invited to get into a police vehicle, a black van, as reported by 'La Sexta' through a video recorded in terminal 1 of Barajas.

Sources from the investigation have informed the Efe agency that the UCO agents have taken Rubiales to the Civil Guard offices located at the Barajas airport to inform him of his judicial situation. There, the agents proceeded to read his rights, interrogated him and seized his mobile devices.

Now it will be the judge of Majadahonda (Madrid) who is investigating Rubiales for alleged corruption crimes who will decide when to summon him to testify in court.

Its arrival in Barajas has generated enormous expectation from the media and a great security deployment, with around twenty members of the National Police and Civil Guard in Terminal 1 of Barajas.

Sources from his defense assure that Rubiales' return is not due to the magistrate having summoned him, but rather to his desire to return as soon as possible, and they have pointed out that he still does not have any summons in court, so they expected that there was no arrest.

Last Monday, the Central Operational Unit of the Civil Guard (UCO), together with security forces from the Dominican Republic, registered the temporary accommodation of the former president of the Spanish Football Federation in this country, where he has remained for a few months. The judge is investigating possibly irregular contracts from the last five years in the RFEF, coinciding with Rubiales' time at the head of the entity.

The UCO maintains in a report that appears in the investigation that Luis Rubiales would have assigned RFEF works to the construction company Gruconsa "in exchange for making payments" to a company called Dismatec Sport, which was managed by his personal friend Francisco Javier Martín Alcaide , known as 'Nene'.

This is stated in a report from the UCO that is included in the summary of the case, to which Europa Press has had access, and in which it is added that, after the departure of Rubiales from the RFEF, both Nene and he would have intended to continue receiving "apparently unjustified" benefits from the new projects obtained by Gruconsa linked "directly or indirectly to the project in Saudi Arabia."

In Rubiales' indictment it is explained that the owners of Gruconsa would have had a "personal" relationship with Nene since 2018 and that in 2020 a company linked to him through his wife Purificación Rufino ('Puri') called Dismatec Sport began to receive "benefits of the aforementioned construction company that would be linked to the works carried out for the RFEF and others linked to the federative entity."

"It has been observed that the economic relationship between Gruconsa and Dismatec correlates with that between the construction company and the RFEF," explains the UCO, adding that hiring skyrocketed in 2021 and not only for services to the Federation but also for the Stadium. Cartuja de Sevilla SA.

The agents highlight that between 2019 and 2023 the RFEF and Estadio Cartuja in Seville paid Gruconsa 3.8 million euros, and this in turn paid Dismatec 530,911 euros. The UCO points out that this company, although ostensibly managed by 'Puri', is in fact controlled by Nene, as can be seen from intercepted telephone conversations, and does not have a specific commercial activity.

According to the UCO report, the construction company was sending money to Dismatec even in February 2024 (48,400 euros). And a conversation captured from one of the construction company's employees would corroborate that the payments to Nene's company "lack commercial justification": "El Nene has not done a single piece of work in Granada, not one. El Nene has been charging like a motherfucker thanks to my back."

The UCO agents seized 318,350 euros in cash during the search, on March 20, of a hotel in Granada linked to Nene and another 5,000 euros in a home, according to another report from the Civil Guard to which this agency has had access. of news. In addition, the investigators seized 11,150 euros when searching an address linked to the also investigated Tomás González Cueto, who was Rubiales' external legal advisor in the RFEF and whom the investigating judge released after being brought to justice.

The seizures of money extended to a Gruconsa headquarters in Madrid, where the UCO seized 46,980 euros for its links with Francisco Oliva and Jonathan Oliva, who are among the seven people who were arrested. For all this, the UCO charges Rubiales with the crimes of business corruption, unfair administration, money laundering and membership in a criminal organization.

In a preview of the interview that 'El Objective' on La Sexta will broadcast this Wednesday, Luis Rubiales denied having received "bites", ensuring that the money he had in his accounts is the result of his work. "I am here today to say that it is a lie that I have hit a home run here (Dominican Republic). That it is a lie that I have a baseball team (...), that I have hit a 'ball' in Cape Verde or that have land for the construction of hotels in Saudi Arabia," the former president of the RFEF defended in the advance of the interview.

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