Wednesday, September 28

Anti-corruption renounces insisting on the imputation of Cospedal for his audios with Villarejo


The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, which Alejandro Luzón directs on an interim basis, has decided not to appeal Judge Manuel García Castellón’s order in which the magistrate refuses to charge María Dolores de Cospedal again despite the avalanche of new evidence about her knowledge, when she did not participate or direction, of the espionage operation against Luis Bárcenas with reserved funds, reports an official spokesman for the specialized prosecutor’s office.

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The Anticorruption decision has been adopted after the two prosecutors in the case detailed on September 2 in a 72-page brief the new evidence against Cospedal, supported by a report from the Police Internal Affairs Unit that used compromising audios to the ex number two of the PP.

The argument of the Prosecutor’s Office to give a 180-degree turn to the position adopted two weeks ago before the same court, and which has been provided to elDiario.es by an official source from the agency, is that the appeal did not seem likely to prosper before the Criminal Chamber, the instance superior to García Castellón.

In their letter in which they asked to investigate Cospedal, the prosecutors, based on the work of the Police, selected three recordings from among the many published in recent months and that the Police Internal Affairs unit attributes to Villarejo. The prosecutors titled one of the sections of their brief “References to the knowledge and monitoring of the development of the Kitchen operation by María Dolores de Cospedal and Mariano Rajoy Brey” in said audios.

The relevance of the audios lies in the naturalness with which the then number two of the Ministry of the Interior, Francisco Martínez, and Villarejo, both accused in the Kitchen case, speak of knowledge of the vigilante operation by Cospedal and Rajoy. This led Anticorruption to ask the judge to summon Cospedal and also Martínez, considered the coordinator of the operation.

Unlike the Psoe requesting only the reopening of the case, Anticorruption proposed opening another subpiece of the Kitchen case, due to the advanced state of the investigation of the case. The judge refused but in another order he ordered the opening of a new piece of the Villarejo case, number 34, so that the Police could prove the origin of the audios that point to Cospedal, something that he was already doing in his report, at that time unknown to the parts.

Prosecutors in this case have been defending for years the need to investigate the “political connection” of the sabotage operation against the case that was investigating box B of the PP. In addition to the multiple references in Villarejo’s audios, his diary and witness statements, the prosecutors argued that Rajoy and Cospedal are the main beneficiaries of the box B case, about the irregular financing of the party with black money from builders, didn’t go ahead.

In fact, the main evidence of this corruption case is the ‘Bárcenas papers’, the recently famous “little book” to which Cospedal refers in an audio with Villarejo, published by El Pais, and unknown until a few weeks ago, in which the general secretary asks the police officer, then active, to stop the publication of such relevant evidence.

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor even questioned García Castellón’s insistence on establishing “an unacceptable red line or cordon” around the leadership of the PP. With the decision of the body led by Alejandro Luzón he renounces to give that battle.



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