Juan Manuel Corchado, the author of the expertise with which the prosecution closed the electoral fraud case, was an advisor to the former Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, one of the closest allies of the former President Evo Morales in the Iberian country; In addition, the report from the University of Salamanca had seven different versions before it was officially handed over to the prosecutor, reported the portal OK Diario.
The Spanish media reported that Corchado, professor at the University of Salamanca, was the coordinator of a public scientific body in 2010 under the Ministry of Science, which at the time was headed by Minister Cristina Garmendia.
According to Ok Diario, the Bisite Group’s expertise at the University of Salamanca was classified as “confidential” and had seven different versions. The first took place on May 6, 2021 and the last on June 28 of the same year. After the multiple changes, Corchado and the public prosecutor agreed on a ban so that the expert could not be disseminated. The government of Bolivia, chaired by Luis Arce, paid US $ 30,000 for this work.
However, Corchado assured the Spanish media that he had not charged anything. “I didn’t get any financial enrichment with it, the money was raised by the University of Salamanca Foundation,” he explains.
The 240-page report is entitled Expertise on the parliamentary elections of the plurinational state of Bolivia 2019. In addition to Corchado, two college students “in their twenties” also took part in the preparation of this document: the students Pablo Plaza Martínez and Manuel López Pérez.
The Spanish newspaper notes that when Corchado and the two university students finalized the controversial report, prosecutor Rocío Feraudi, who was close to Evo Morales, received it. “Coincidentally, it is the prosecutor’s office that has started investigations into the $ 1.6 million payment made by Evo Morales to consulting firm Neurona. Some payments that completely influenced the leadership of the party of Pablo Iglesias and Juan Carlos Monedero, founders of Podemos, “said the portal.
According to the data, in 2010 Corchado held the position of Deputy Director for the Coordination of Technology Transfer of the Sub-Directorate General of the National Agency for Evaluation and Foresight, a public scientific body under the Ministry of Science and Innovation. When Corchado was hired as an expert, his boss was the then Socialist Minister Cristina Garmendia.
The passage of Corchado by the second government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was recorded in one of the official résumés of the professor of the University of Salamanca before the Ministry of Economy.
“However, Corchado distances himself completely from his achievements as a scientific advisor when OKDIARIO asks him whether he had any relationship with a political party or government. “Don’t. It’s wrong,” he repeated to this newspaper three times, “the publication said.
But the connection between Corchado and the state is not limited to this work. OK Diario has identified dozens of research projects led by the teacher and funded with public funds.
It is true that it has received grants from various public administrations on numerous occasions, but these grants were granted to the government during the PSOE era. In 2008 the Ministry of Industry financed a project by government advisor Zapatero called EPC: Enne Community Platform with 789,000 public euros.
In 2007, Corchado received 456,000 euros, also from the Ministry of Industry, to carry out a project called ALIADO.
In 2008 the professor at the University of Salamanca was again financed with public funds, as on previous occasions by Industria, then headed by the socialist Joan Clos. This time the injection was $ 491,000 for a project called Open Distributed Architecture based on heavy processing agent technology.
The expertise of the University of Salamanca shows that there was no tampering with the 2019 election results, although it found “serious irregularities”.
This report contradicts the Organization of American States (OAS) audit carried out by 36 experts from different countries, which found “malicious manipulation” for the benefit of Evo Morales, the MAS candidate in these elections.