In its report on the EREgate scandal in Seville, the Guardia Civil’s Central Operative Unit (UCO)...
...has said it suspects that during the time Daniel Alberto Rivera was the Junta de Andalucia’s general director of Labour and Social Security, he removed documents that could have been used to implicate current Junta premier Jose Antonio Griñan and former premier Manuel Chaves.
A Seville judge is investigating the fraudulent use of subsidies, known as ERE, which were supposed to be allocated to cash-strapped companies to pay off workers they could not longer afford.
The report said members of the Junta’s Cabinet were fully aware that the subsidies were being allocated to relatives and friends instead. One former Junta department head is said to have spent €25,000 a month on cocaine and prostitutes and to have given his chauffeur money to buy land.
A Junta spokesman said the Guardia’s report was based on “nothing but suppositions and not on hard evidence”.