Sunday, May 22

Bousselham explains to García Castellón that he has nothing to forgive Iglesias

Dina Bousselham explained this morning at the National Court that she has nothing to forgive Pablo Iglesias in the case of his mobile phone card, the content of which was published in several media outlets, because she has never denounced the former leader of Podemos, for whom she worked as a collaborator, and because both he and she are harmed in this separate piece of the Villarejo case, legal sources have reported.

Bousselham has been the first to appear this morning in the last round of statements in the case, which Judge Manuel García Castellón considers already exhausted once the analysis of the card does not allow Pablo Iglesias to be charged with a crime of computer damage.

In the piece there are two journalists investigated for revealing secrets, in relation to the delivery to Commissioner Villarejo of the card that came to Interviú magazine anonymously, according to what they declared. The lawyer for the journalists asked Bousselham if he was applying a “selective pardon”, distinguishing between Iglesias and his clients, and the injured party then replied that she had nothing to forgive Iglesias, unlike the journalists, whose conduct She has complained that they never contacted her when they received the card.

Bousselham has branded the attitude of the journalists as “macho” as the card was delivered to Iglesias, her boss, and not to her at the beginning of 2016. At that time, García Castellón intervened, who asked the victim if the attitude of Pablo Iglesias was not equally macho. The former collaborator of Iglesias in the early days of Podemos has explained that her then boss and she had a relationship of professional trust according to which she could consult the content of her tablet and he that of the mobile phone that was later stolen and its content disseminated in information that affect the game.

Judge García Castellón came to withdraw the condition of injured to Iglesias in the case, but the Criminal Chamber rectified that decision. Even so, the magistrate proposed to the Supreme Court to charge the then second vice president of the Supreme Court, which the High Court ruled out. García Castellón continued with the investigation in the line of discovering evidence against Pablo Iglesias for having withheld for months the Bousselham card that had been given to him by the CEO of Grupo Zeta, to which the magazine Interviú belonged, and for having allegedly damaged the device to prevent access to it. The judge continued with this line of investigation despite the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office and the Criminal Chamber had indicated that the main hypothesis is that the copies of the card that reached the media came from Villarejo.

A copy of the contents of the phone appeared in the register of the commissioner’s address. Villarejo declared that he had handed over a flash drive to his superiors with the copy that the Interviú journalists had given him, who claim to have acted at the request of the police. During the morning, the chief of all those policemen, the former deputy operational director of the Eugenio Pino Corps, also declared, who has said that no one gave him a copy of the telephone, while adding that he does not know if any of his subordinates did receive the material.

Eugenio Pino, architect of the political brigade that acted against the opposition in Rajoy’s first legislature, added that in his time there was never an investigation of Podemos “because parties cannot be investigated.” In this sense, he has acknowledged that Pablo Iglesias, Juan Carlos Monedero and Jorge Verstrynge were investigated within the scope of the Deputy Operations Directorate and that those events are currently part of “secret causes”.