Spain Judge Orders Jail for Ex-Caja Madrid Chairman Miguel BlesaCharles Penty and Ben Sills
A Spanish judge ordered that Miguel Blesa, the former chairman of Caja Madrid, be put in jail amid a probe into alleged irregularities relating to the lender’s purchase of a bank in the U.S.
A Madrid regional court judge set Blesa’s bail at 2.5 million euros ($3.2 million), according to an e-mailed statement from the court today.
Judge Elpidio Silva said Blesa, 65, should be detained as he investigates Caja Madrid’s purchase of City National Bank of Florida in 2008 in a deal valued at more than $900 million.
Caja Madrid merged with Bancaja and five other savings banks in 2010 to form Bankia, a banking group that needed a 22 billion-euro rescue last year that forced Spain to seek bailout funds from Europe to salvage its banking industry.
Blesa’s lawyer Carlos Aguilar didn’t immediately to respond to a phone message left by Bloomberg News today.