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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Cuatrecasas sucessfully represents Rafael Orbegozo in Villarejo case

Cuatrecasas has advised Rafael Orbegozo, Iberdrola's former head of the presidential office, on his defense in part 17 of the "Tandem Case" or "Villarejo Case", which refers to Iberdrola's alleged hiring of Cenyt

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Following the firm´s express request, the Instructing Magistrate of the Central Court of Instruction no. 6 of the Audiencia Nacional (National high court) ordered the provisional dismissal of Mr. Orbegozo on 11 March, finding that there was no evidence of any criminal offence on his part.

After one of the private prosecutors appealed the dismissal to the Criminal Division of the National High Court, Cuatrecasas opposed the appeal, insisting that there was no evidence of any crime, while reiterating that the case was clearly time-barred by the statute of limitations. Thus, on 3 June, the aforementioned Chamber resolved the appeal by stating, firstly, that they shared the criteria of the investigator in the sense that there was no participation, knowledge or intervention by Mr. Orbegozo in any irregular act, but, furthermore, they proceeded to add that the statute of limitations was clearly applicable. For this reason, and with the appeal dismissed in its entirety, they agreed to convert the provisional dismissal into a free and, therefore, definitive dismissal.

The decision made in this order of 3 June 2022, expressly invoked by other defences, has also contributed to a large extent to the dismissals decreed on 23 June 2022 by the Magistrate of the Central Examining Magistrate’s Court no. 6 of the Audiencia Nacional with respect to other investigated parties.

The team from Cuatrecasas was led by Cuatrecasas lawyer Gonzalo Susaeta, partner head of the Criminal practice in the Basque Country office.

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