The businessman Jordi Soler received the support of the Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, after being detained for a 3% case, in October 2015. “He called or sent me a message: ‘Animes and a hug'” . This is stated in his statement to the National High Court, which proves that his relationship with Ribó was closer and, above all, longer than the Catalan Ombudsman admitted in his appearance at Parliament. Before the deputies, he admitted the “mistake” of agreeing to travel free to attend the final that Barça won in Berlin in 2015. But he omitted that, six years earlier, he returned from another Barça Champions League, played in Rome, on a plane also paid by the builder.
“I can categorically say that I have no relationship with anyone else on this trip,” Ribó told Parliament. On June 6, 2015, a total of 14 people – including him, his then-girlfriend and daughter – traveled to Berlin on a private jet hired by the businessman to go to the final that Barca won in the Juventus (3-1). The cost of the flight amounted to 36,500 euros. The option to get on this plane came to him from a “friend”, the historic CiU Member Ramon Camp. The Catalan Ombudsman, in any case, spoke of only one final. He was unaware that he would be summoned to testify for improper bribery, which forced him to detail to the judge the facts he had preferred to omit.
“The relationship with Ribó dates back to 2009,” said the businessman, who said a few days before the Catalan Ombudsman, to questions from the prosecutor. That year, Barça reached the Champions League final and won it (2-0 against Manchester United) in Rome. Soler said he is a “friend of the Guardiola family” and in particular of Pere Guardiola, brother of the then Barça coach. “I really wanted to go there with my family. I told her if we could get organized. I put the plane on and the Guardiola family puts on the tickets. ” In the end, another sister, Francesca Guardiola, wife of the former Camp member, was added to the trip.
Already outside the stadium and back, Soler spoke to Camp, who first mentioned him to the Catalan Ombudsman. “He tells me, I have a good friend, who I don’t know if the flight was late or missed, and he asks me, ‘can you come?’ I said there was no problem because the flight was paid. There I met Rafael Ribó and his daughter, and we flew. ” The Catalan Ombudsman omitted all this in Parliament, but not before the judge: “I was late and, because I had to go to work, I doubted if I was going to the Barca party … Camp told me they were in a flight and if I wanted to go with them (…) I have no idea who paid for it. Not then or now, “he added.
This statement is in contrast to the fact that, “one or two years later” in Rome, always according to Soler, Ribó invited his wife and himself to a barbecue “in a house in Cerdanya”. “I understand he did it out of courtesy or for detail,” he said. Ribó, on the other hand, assured that “one and a half months” after this final he proposed a date through his deputy friend. “We went to eat at a restaurant in Barcelona and I paid.” He said he was encouraged by “the celebration of Barça’s success and a cul-de-sac atmosphere, by sports colleagues.” And he placed the meeting in Cerdanya – if it is the same – in August 2015, that is after the Berlin final. Again he was referred to Camp as the driving force behind the encounter. “It was at my second Das residence and Ramon tells me if he can come with Cesca and Soler. I invite you to come and make some kind of barbecue. “
In 2015, Luis Enrique’s Barça went back like a rocket. Soler and Camp – who had consolidated their relationship by having dinner in Madrid – were reactivated. “We did a little bit of the same thing. It was already established from the zero minute that Rafel Ribó was coming with his partner. The last to join was Alba Ribó, his daughter, because at first he had no entry. ” “At any point did Ribó offer to put a part of the payment or contribute something?” The prosecutor asked. “No,” Soler replied.
Before appearing before the judge, Ribó knew what the businessman had explained because he was already a part of the cause and admitted that. In his statement, he gave a different meaning to the facts. He said he requested tickets to Barça – through protocol, but paying for them – for him and for the artist Miquel Barceló, who was down at the last minute. According to his version, Camp asked for tickets and offered to join a “flight that is organizing the core of Bages”, alluding to Soler and the Guardiola, originally from this region. Ribó shielded himself in that everything happened in a matter of “hours”, in the middle of the “positive climate” of the end. He asserted that already in Berlin, he offered to pay for the airport vans at the Olympic Stadium, although the idea was rejected. The next day, he proposed to split with Camp the payment of tickets, as they did.
As on his trip to Rome, Ribó claimed ignorance. “Who was thought to pay for the flight?” The prosecutor asked. “I didn’t even think about it. You see people from the Barça environment, from whom Pep Guardiola moves, who in Catalonia is a mythical figure … And you don’t even think about it in this atmosphere of friendship and sports camaraderie. ” In October, Soler was arrested for paying fees to the CiU and the alleged support message, for which Ribó was not asked.
Improper bribery and complaining about fiber optics
The trips of the Catalan Ombudsman have come to light by Jordi Soler’s Whatsapp messages contained in the summary of the case 3%. The scandal has prompted the Catalan Ombudsman to investigate a misdemeanor bribe. The anti-corruption prosecutor’s questioning focused on whether, after inviting Ribó, the businessman Jordi Soler gained some advantage or consideration. He asked, for example, if he had a complaint with the agency. The businessman said that only once because the polygon in which they settled, in Sallent, did not have fiber optics. Asked about the same, Ribó said he had no intervention in the file and Soler “never” asked him anything.
The prosecutor also wanted to know if the Solicitors’ Office had ever hired the Soler Group. Both denied it. The businessman explained that a technician analyzed a file for the maintenance of the headquarters. “He saw that we did not meet the technical requirements, he dismissed and did not comment.”
The Catalan Ombudsman’s trips have come to light by Jordi Soler’s Whatsapp messages contained in the case summary of 3%. The scandal has led the Ombudsman to report as investigated for an improper bribery crime. The anti-corruption prosecutor’s interrogation focused on whether, after inviting Ribó, the businessman Jordi Soler gained some advantage or consideration from this. He asked, for example, if he had a complaint to the agency. The businessman said that only once because the polygon in which they settled, in Sallent, did not have fiber optics. Asked about the same, Ribó said that he had no intervention in the file and that Soler “never” asked at all.
The prosecutor also wanted to know if the Greuges Syndicate had ever hired the Soler Group. Both denied it. The businessman said that a technician analyzed a file for the maintenance of the headquarters. “He saw that we did not meet the technical requirements, he dismissed it and did not comment on it.”