Saturday, 21 April 2012

42 witnesses called in the Nóos Institute

The Nóos Institute court case, in which the Duke of Palma Iñaki Urdangarín has been indicted, is underway in Palma de Mallorca, and from today until Saturday the judge, José Castro, will be calling 42 witnesses. Among them are the ex Health Councillor of the Valencia Generalitat, Marina Geli, and the number two from the ESADE business school, Marcel Planellas. The testimony of the ex councillor is key to when the Duke of Palma did or did not make a break from the Institute when the palace has indicated. The Duke has claimed that his ex partner, Diego Torres, pretended to be him in order to take 180,000 € out of the Nóos Institute. The Duke said this was done without his permission, but Torres wrote a series of ‘al portador’ cheques for 2,500 €. Being below 3,000 € they were ‘protected’ from inspection. Police have seized the chequebooks which show the outflow of money, and note the initials IU in the cheque book stubs. There are allegations that the Nóos Institute paid commissions to an unidentified person in the Generalitat Valenciana.

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