Thursday, October 6

Anti-corruption accuses Cospedal of lying and asks the Kitchen judge to summon her again as a defendant

The publication in recent months of audios recorded by Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, unknown until now, threatens to overturn the piece that investigates espionage on Luis Bárcenas with reserved funds, an investigation that compromises the Popular Party and the first Government by Mariano Rajoy. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has asked Judge Manuel García Castellón to summon the then General Secretary of the PP and Minister of Defense, María Dolores de Cospedal, as a defendant for ordering Villarejo to “disappear evidence” of the Gürtel and Caja corruption cases B that affected the conservative formation and herself, as reported to sources familiar with the brief presented in the last hours by the Public Ministry.

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The audios referred to by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office have been published jointly by The country and the digital medium Informed Sources. In one of them, María Dolores de Cospedal tells Commissioner Villarejo: “The little notebook would be better if we could stop it.” The conversation took place on January 18, 2013, the day that The world published on the front page that the PP had housed a parallel accounting that included bonus payments, from construction entrepreneurs, to its main leaders. “The little book” alludes to what was later known as ‘the Bárcenas papers’, the entries in box B and the payments that the PP treasurer had made for two decades and that were finally published by the newspaper The country.

This is one of the recordings that, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, show that Cospedal lied in her statement of June 29, 2021 as an investigator in the Kitchen case. She before the judge that day she denied having made any commission to the commissioner. And only a month later, García Castellón filed the case against Cospedal despite having evidence of her in her possession, such as the recording in which the husband of the then number two of the PP, Ignacio López del Hierro, appears entrusting the commissioner with “specific tasks”, in the presence of his wife, while she nods, in the office that she had on the main floor of Genoa.

The audio of “la libretita” and others that appear reproduced in the latest brief from the Prosecutor’s Office have “undoubted relevance”, affirms the Prosecutor’s Office in its brief, and justify the opening of a new “subpiece” to investigate the new evidence. In addition to Cospedal, the Prosecutor’s Office requests the declaration as an investigator of the former Secretary of State for Security Francisco Martínez, considered the coordinator of espionage on Bárcenas and the protagonist of several of the recordings provided, in which he appears conversing with Commissioner Villarejo.

The Prosecutor’s Office considers, add the sources consulted, that the “political connection” of the espionage to Bárcenas should be investigated and not be limited to an operation by the Ministry of the Interior, with Jorge Fernández Díaz at the head -also accused-, of which he would not have been aware nor participation of the then president of the PP, Mariano Rajoy, and his number two, Cospedal. Anticorruption suspects that those responsible for the Ministry of the Interior, the police acted “in concert” with the leadership of the PP, say the sources familiar with the letter. In its appeal to the Kitchen archive, which was dismissed by the Criminal Chamber, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office made a devastating criticism of García Castellón in the fall of 2021, whom it accused of establishing “an unacceptable red line” around the political leaders of the P.P.

One of the published conversations that the Prosecutor’s Office asks to incorporate is the one in which Villarejo tells Martínez about the visit to Genoa in which he meets Mariano Rajoy.

– Villarejo: They passed me like when I go to see the ‘seño’, from the back, pissed off and such, with tinted windows. I entered through there, in Genoa. I went with ‘El Capillas’, in the room where he always receives me… he there in the kind of glass bubble, in that little room.

– Martinez: next to his office

– Villarejo: Right next door. The president is coming, such and such, how are you. Look, just to greet you, such and such, I don’t know how much… Know that my friend Javier Iglesias enjoys all the sympathy in the world among other things, so get to work. And that was the whole message

– Martinez: to ratify

– Villarejo: Yes, to ratify

This is one of several conversations in which he is quoted the beards either The Asturian, in reference to Rajoy, according to Internal Affairs, as the alleged connoisseur and instigator of the sabotage of Bárcenas, although the Prosecutor’s Office has not asked the judge for now to summon him, neither as a witness nor as an investigator. ‘El capillitas’ is Javier Iglesias, also nicknamed “el Largo”, a lawyer whom the alleged Villarejo criminal organization considers his contact with Rajoy in various conversations that have long been involved in the case.

Internal Affairs attributes the leaks to Villarejo

Regarding the origin of the audios that motivate the new investigation, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office concludes that they come from Villarejo, according to the content of an Internal Affairs report from last June. In it, the police report that the businessman Javier Pérez Dolset gave them a flash drive with numerous audio files last May, acknowledging that he obtained them from Villarejo’s lawyer in search of evidence about an assignment to the commissioner of which he was a victim.

Likewise, the Police analyze the files uploaded to a Telegram channel by the activist Alvise Pérez, very popular with the extreme right. In one of those files, the Police have found documents in which the investigated Gemma Alcalá, Villarejo’s wife, appears in her properties tab. The Police reinforce these indications with the accredited contacts in piece 28 of the Villarejo case between those who have later been responsible for Informed Sources and Villarejo’s prison partner who tried to sell material from the commissioner on his prison permits. The Prosecutor’s Office recalls that Villarejo, before being arrested in November 2017, commented in another recording that he kept seven copies of the material that would later be seized in his house and in another hiding place.

With its letter, the Prosecutor’s Office supports the request to reopen the Kitchen case made by the popular accusation exercised by the PSOE after the first publications of new audios, to which the representation of Podemos in the case adhered.