In its edition of 22 December the Spanish site Valencia Plaza reported suspicions of corruption by Azerbaijan on Senator Pedro Agramunt, which is nothing less than the president under the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This article is based on the second report of the ESI (European Stability Initiative) dedicated to the diplomacy of caviar. This document, published on December 17, 2016, is extremely detailed. He places this elected member in a list of 5 European parliamentarians suspected of corruption. One of them has already admitted to illegally receiving more than two million Euros to “give advice on agricultural matters” to the Aliyev regime. Questioned by Valencia Plaza, Pedro Agramunt for his part denied any involvement.
The system of corruption, which uses all sorts of means (cash, silk mats, smartphones, MacBooks, prostitutes, etc.) aims, according to the ESI report, to improve the image of Azerbaijan in Within the Council of Europe. The work of this NGO benefits from the collaboration of prosecutors from different countries who are working on the possible relationship of a number of politicians with this alleged plot. The Italian MEP Luca Volonté (Christian Democratic Party) was denounced as being at the center of a network supporting the Baku regime in PACE, whose puppeteers are according to the report of the ESI Two Azerbaijani parliamentarians: Elkhan Suleymanov (lobbyist in the European Union, before being elected to the PACE) and Muslum Mamadov, who later joined the latter. Their actions were allegedly financed by the Eydar Aliyev Foundation, named after the former Azerbaijani president.
During his investigation, the Italian police were able to establish that Luca Volonté perceived through two structures, including the association Novae Terrae (an ultra-religious and homophobic association) founded and the company LVG (Luca Giuseppe Volonte) registered In milan under the name of his wife, a hidden salary of 30,000 euros per month, in addition to an initial payment of 100,000 euros. The investigation carried out by the Italian courts has proved that between 2012 and 2014 more than 2.4 million Euros were passed through his hands. The money came from Baku. It transited through Estonia and Latvia, and was distributed through a network of companies based in Bimingham and the Marshall Islands.
According to elements exploited by the Italian police, it appears that Pedro Agramunt is one of the main accomplices of Will, without sufficient evidence to make these suspicions lead to an indictment.
But in a report published in 2013 and titled “Senator Valencia guardian of Azerbaijan or why Pedro Agramun should resign”, ESI listed the different trips of the Spanish politician in Azerbaijan and his various efforts to present an image Favor of that State. A task facilitated by his responsibilities. He was between 2013 and 2016 president of the group “European People’s Party” (now a majority party) and since January 2016 is the fourth Spanish president of the Council of Europe … He was also four times observer of the ” EU in Azerbaijan and was the rapporteur for the monitoring of the country.
The ESI report quotes, besides the name of Agramunt, that of the following parliamentarians: the Spanish Jordi Xuclà the British Michael Hancock and Robert Walker, the Polish Tadeusz Iwinski and the Italian Luigi Vitali. But none is directly accused. The ESI calls on prosecutors’ offices in France, Spain, Germany and other countries to speak with their Italian colleagues and to cooperate on the investigation of suspicious behavior during this period. Also that the transaction between Suleymanov and Volonte be placed on the agenda of the next PACE plenary session at the end of January 2017.
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