BBVA has reached an economic agreement with Antonio Béjar, former director of the bank charged in the case opened at the National Court for the Villarejo scandal, about his dismissal. The entity justified it for disciplinary reasons and the high office understood as a reprisal for having accepted its right not to testify and have appeared before the judge and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. The pact, which took place today during the oral hearing of the trial between both parties, contemplates that Béjar withdraw his claim in exchange for financial compensation for his departure from BBVA.
The judge of the National Court that investigates the contracts for 10.3 million euros between BBVA and the agency of Villarejo, Cenyt, cited Béjar as being investigated along with other former directors of the entity, including the former president, Francisco González. Béjar, who was director of Risks of the bank and later president of its subsidiary Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), in charge of the development of the urban development Chamartín in Madrid, appears in the instruction as one of the executives who managed the contracts with the agendia of ex-commissioner
After his imputation in the investigation and his consequent dismissal as president of DCN, Béjar tried to return to his post at BBVA, but the current entity management, headed by Carlos Torres, dismissed him in a withering way following the findings about his person found in an internal investigation on the Cenyt case. The former director, who in his first appearance denied having participated in Villarejo’s accounts, later returned to a judicial headquarters willing to collaborate and explained the details of the services provided by Cenyt for his area of responsibility. Béjar was thus the only former director along with González who did not accept his right not to testify and responded to the questions of the judge and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor.
Thus, Béjar sued BBVA alleging that his dismissal was due to retaliation for that appearance and demanded that an unfair dismissal be applied instead of the proceeding. After the agreement reached this Friday and the financial compensation offered by the bank, the dismissal will remain as appropriate. .