Span­ish bank ac­cused of cor­po­rate spy­ing

The Phnom Penh Post - - BUSINESS -

SPAIN’S sec­ond-largest bank BBVA is sus­pected of hav­ing used a dis­graced for­mer po­lice chief to il­le­gally tap the phones of jour­nal­ists, politi­cians and busi­ness­peo­ple to push back an un­wanted share­holder, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. Jose Manuel Vil­larejo, a re­tired po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent cur­rently in jail, is sus­pected of hav­ing done dirty work, such as black­mail or threats, on be­half of com­pa­nies or rich in­di­vid­u­als for decades. For years, he also recorded com­pro­mis­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the allpow­er­ful. Ac­cord­ing to on­line sources, BBVA used the ser­vices of Cenyt, a busi­ness in­tel­li­gence group linked to the for­mer po­lice­man. Vil­larejo, now 67, al­legedly tapped phones of those he felt would be use­ful in 2004, al­low­ing BBVA to lis­ten in to glean in­for­ma­tion and avoid con­struc­tion com­pany Sa­cyr from be­com­ing a share­holder, they said.

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