Provincial government groups refuse to set up commission to investigate mask case

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, (EFE) Health, sanitary materials to combat the effects of covid-19.

Thus, PSOE, Podemos, Agrupacion Socialista Gomera (ASG) and Nueva Canarias (NC) rejected the demand of CC-PNC-AHI and PP for an investigation in the Chamber of the so-called “Mask case” over the alleged fraud of four million euros to the public health of the Canary Islands in buying masks.

Opposition groups have criticized the Council of Spokesmen’s decision to oppose discussion of a petition to establish a commission of inquiry into the case in the regional parliament, while Canary Islands President Ángel Victor Torres said the case was declared secret.

Prior to the vote, Nationalist MP Narvei Quintero asked the President of the Legislative Chamber, Gustavo Matos, to read the content of the petition, which he considered irrelevant, since the fourteen pages that make up the claim are in the parliament’s register. and the parliamentary factions also have it.

The case, which the Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which handled the case, referred to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office after the latter requested an investigation because it believed it involved European Union funds.

The investigation should clarify the circumstances under which the Canary Islands Health Service ordered, at the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020, the import of one million FFP-3 masks from a company with no experience in the sector, RR7, which was paid for. four million euros in advance, but did not deliver the material, despite the fact that in 2021 they demanded it again.

Businessman Raiko Ruben González, administrator of RR7, faces charges of aggravated fraud and money laundering, and then SCS director Conrado Dominguez of evasion and influence peddling.

Conrado Dominguez resigned this month after learning of the fallout from Raiko Rubén González’s statement and that as a result, the judge expanded the investigation to a fifth crime: embezzlement of public funds. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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