The ‘Emperor’ case continues in Madrid with high ranking members of the national police force denying ever receiving gifts or cash from Gao Ping or his associates.
The Gao Ping/Emperor case involved the ‘Chinese Mafia’ and their activities on Spanish soil including money laundering, tax fraud, smuggling, blackmail and threatening public employees.
Angel Luis Olmedo, chief of the national police’s foreign department in Madrid, has explained that his relationship with Gao Ping and his associates was exclusively to obtain valuable information.
He said this information was vital to several police investigations and his contact with members of the Chinese group was strictly professional.
Olmedo underscored the fact that Yongping Wu Liu, from whom they frequently received information, could not be considered a police confidant.
He said Yongping Wu Liu was working as a businessman and occasionally collaborated with the police giving them information on the gang’s activities.
He did admit to being Liu’s guest in a box at the Barcelona football stadium but claimed he was “on duty” at the time.
According to the internal affairs department of the police the relationship with Liu was “fluid” and based on mutual interest; for Liu it was keeping the police happy and for Olmedo it was receiving a Serrano ham or a new handbag for his wife.
The head of security at Madrid airport, Carlos Salamanca, has also denied receiving gifts from the alleged Mafioso.