Spanish intelligence agencies awaiting head of Zed+ Peter Wakkie
The airport's terminal was cordoned off, and cameras and cell phones were temporarily confiscated from all those present. The operation was led by Prosecutor Jose Grinda, known for his large-scale special operation Troika as part of an investigation of the Russian mafia's case.
Details of the Madrid Technological Holding Zed+ Manager Peter Wakkie's detention at the airport in the case of the transfer of millions of bribes to relatives of Russian officials have appeared.
According to the Madrid edition El Confidencial, Wakkie arrived in Madrid from Amsterdam in the morning on 16 January. The operation to arrest the top manager of Zed+ was attended by at least 30 staff members of special units under the leadership of Spanish Prosecutor Jose Grinda, who led the large-scale special operation Troika as part of an investigation of the Russian mafia's case in 2015. As part of the operation, The airport's terminal was cordoned off, and cameras and cell phones were temporarily confiscated for the detention not to be filmed.
As the newspaper writes, the Spanish law enforcement officers were awaiting Vacca at the end of last week. The manager of Zed+ had come to the meeting with investors interested in acquiring the company. However, Peter Wakkie postponed his arrival on Monday, the newspaper says. Meanwhile, after 14 hours of detention, Wakkie was released, The Daily Mail writes. However, the investigation against him continues.
Zed Group companies, the ultimate holding structure of which is headed by Peter Wakkie , is a global leader in mobile content sales. The part of the shares is owned by the Russian telecom operator VimpelCom, whose main beneficiary is businessman Mikhail Friedman (№2 in the Russian Forbes with a fortune of $ 13.3 billion).
Formed following the merger of Spanish Zed Worldwide and Russian Temafon company Zed+ was in the center of a scandal when, in 2013, the Spanish side discovered that the money from Zed began to flow away through Temafon company to company Vstrecha. Subsequently, according to the audit of PriceWaterHouse, it was revealed that about $ 30 million went to bribes to Russian officials.
After that, the company was unable to repay the loan in 140 million euros and went to bankruptcy. In 2014, the Commercial Court of Amsterdam appointed Wakkie as the manager of Zed+, and Spaniards were removed from the company's management. It is reported that the corporate conflict was triggered by the Russian side to controlled by Fredman LetterOne was able to buy Zed at the lowest price.
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.