Juan Carlos I endorsed Riyadh the AVE lobbyist as his “trusted person”

Juan Carlos I endorsed Riyadh the AVE lobbyist as his

Don Juan Carlos, on a visit to Saudi Arabia. (EFE)

The King Juan Carlos presented in Riyadh to the Iranian Shahpari Azzany Zanganeh, former wife of magnate Adnan Kashoggi and one of the great commissioners of the AVE to Mecca, as your “trusted person”. He did so in a letter to the prince Bin Abdul Aziz, then Minister of Defense, on March 13, 2006. A month later, Juan Caros, Corinna, Zanganeh and Spanish businessmen traveled to Riyadh. This is stated in documentation from the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office, as El Confidencial has learned. Zanganeh signed an intermediation contract for 95.8 million euros that Spanish companies stopped paying in 2018, so, as this newspaper advanced, it has raised an arbitration.The AVE to Mecca it was awarded in October 2011, but by then it had taken years of work, paperwork, paperwork and commissions. The documentation handled by the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office leaves clues of the role played by some key intermediaries. On March 13, 2006, Zanganeh, a jet-setter who was known to be the wife of the Saudi arms dealer Adnan Kashoggi, went to meet Prince Bin Abdul Aziz, then Defense Minister. Zanganeh carried in his hand a letter in which King Juan Carlos “commissioned” her to “be able to take steps before him, and which he considered trusted person”.

Zanganeh carried a letter in hand in which King Juan Carlos “commissioned” her to “be able to carry out negotiations.” He considered her a “trusted person”

A month later, between April 8 and 10, 2006, Juan Carlos made a official visit to Arabia. He was accompanied by an important group of Spanish companies, two of which, Indra and OHL, they would be years later in the work of the AVE to Mecca. Shahpari Azzany Zanganeh and Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgesntein, then lover of the monarch. It was still five years before Arabia awarded the AVE to Mecca for 6,736 million euros, a work for which Spain and France would fight.

The traditional good relationship between the two royal houses improved during those years. A year later, King Juan Carlos awarded the Golden Fleece, the highest distinction of the Spanish crown, to Abdulá bin Abdulaziz al Saud, custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and king of Saudi Arabia. In August 2008, the King Juan Carlos received $ 100 million from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, as revealed by the British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’, and did it later that Spain reached a collaboration agreement with Riyadh and three weeks after an inter-religious dialogue conference was held in Madrid that presented the Saudi regime as an open country.

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José María OlmoThe King Emeritus received 100 million dollars from Riyadh days after signing a bilateral agreement with that country and hosting a summit in Madrid that washed the face of Saudi religious fundamentalism.

On May 18, 2011, Zanganeh, whom the King had introduced to the dome of Riyadh as his trusted person, always according to documentation from the Prosecutor’s Office, signed a consulting contract with Spanish companies Private equity of the consortium: Cobra, Consultrans, Copasa, Dimetronic, Imathia, Inabensa, Indra, OHL and Talgo. According to the contract, Zanganeh was to be in charge of the “risk study and analysis and identification and analysis of supplier and consultant subcontractors” during the bidding process and in the execution of “contracting consultancy, resolution of discrepancies with the client, subcontractors and suppliers, collaboration and assistance in collection management “.

The amount was huge, 2% of the work. Each of the companies would assume it according to their participation. On October 16, 2011, just two weeks before the Spanish consortium was awarded, the parties amended the contract so that Zanganeh would go on to collect a fixed commission of 95.78 million euros (of which 66.6 million would be in euros and the rest in Saudi currency).

Shahpari Azam Zanganeh, third wife of Adnan Khashoggi. (Reuters)

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Shahpari Azam Zanganeh, third wife of Adnan Khashoggi. (Reuters)

Shahpari Azam Zanganeh, third wife of Adnan Khashoggi. (Reuters)

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has taken a statement from Zanganeh and, How did this newspaper advance?, Spanish companies stopped paying him in June 2018, when news began to appear in the press about a conversation between the Commissioner Villarejo, Corinna and the former president of Telefónica Juan Villalonga in which “Zanganeh was implicated in the payment of illegal commissions

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Beatriz Parera

Consider Saudi Arabia’s ‘gift’ to emeritus as the first echelon on a broader trail of commissions linked to the construction of the AVE to Mecca

Khasogghi’s ex-wife has collected 34.8 million euros and 46.17 million Saudi reais (10.9 million euros at the current exchange rate). As this newspaper advanced, it has raised a arbitration at the Paris Court for collect the missing part of the signed. He maintains that his contract with the consortium is completely legal and ensures that Spanish companies have no reason to breach it.

The Prosecutor’s Office considers that there are indications that Juan Carlos incurred crime of laundering by the AVE commissions. In 2011 it was inviolable and that crime would also be prescribed. But in the subsequent movement of funds there are indications of tax crime and money laundering. Juan Carlos ceased to be inviolable by abdicating, in 2014, but it is graduated and the competence to investigate it corresponds to the Supreme.


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