The former president of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu did not ask for the creation of fake profiles in the ‘Barçagate‘, as stated on Tuesday Jaime Malet, the person who acted as an intermediary between the Barça entity and Nicestream, the company hired to monitor their social networks.
Briefcase, the business owner Telampartners, testified today before the Court of Instruction number 13 of Barcelona, which investigates whether there was unfair administration and corruption between individuals in the hiring of Nicestream by the Barça.
According to judicial sources, Jaime Malet assured that at the meeting in which he was present, Bartomeu did not request Carlos Ibanez, owner of Nicestream, that no one be attacked. And that, if that had been the case, he would have refused to mediate between the two parties.
On March 1, 2021, the same day as the arrests of Bartomeu, his right hand Jaume masferrer, the former director of legal services Roman Gomez-Ponti and the former CEO Òscar Grau, all of them investigated in the cause, the Mossos d’Esquadra registered the headquarters of Telampartners.
Among the indications that the autonomous police found in the registry, a report stands out (practically identical to another found at the headquarters of Nicestream) that would detail, according to the police force, the strategy to be followed in the previous elections of the Barça club with “actions aimed at influencing opinion through profiles created on social networks” and in which the analysis of the census is discussed electoral of Barça.
During the statement, sources close to the defense and the prosecution agree that Briefcase admitted to having received an email with this report from Nicestream, but pointed out that the intention of Ibanez was to try to contact any of the candidates for the elections of the Barça to work for him during the election campaign.
Briefcase He explained that finally this proposal did not bear fruit because he did not know any of the possible candidates and in this case he could not introduce anyone to Nicestream.
On the other hand, in the new pages of the summary of ‘Barçagate‘ the Mossos they also explain that Telampartners she only acted as an intermediary for Nicestream with two entities: the Barça, for which he charged 382,361.49 euros, and Star, which meant earnings of 20,872.50 euros.
About this price difference, Briefcase argued that the work involved in monitoring the Barça club’s social networks is not comparable with that of the beer company, and that this justifies the difference in fees, which in the two cases were 15% of what was paid by the Barça and Star to Nicestream.
In addition, he considered that Carlos Ibanez was an industry leader in South America and had worked for football clubs like River Plate and Boca Juniors and for automobile companies, and that for this reason he wanted to work with him.