Friday, January 21

Congress concludes that Rajoy and Cospedal ordered the Kitchen

The commission of investigation on the espionage to the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas has concluded its work this Wednesday concluding that “the leadership of the Popular Party”, party chaired then by Mariano Rajoy, with María Dolores de Cospedal as its number two, “ordered the partisan, criminal and illegal use of personnel, means and resources of the Ministry of the Interior, to monitor and find the evidence that was in the power of former treasurer Luis Bárcenas and that blamed the Popular Party for 17 irregular financing and cases of corruption during the years they ruled. ”

The testimony of the policeman who investigated box B is imposed amid the confusion of the Kitchen commission

Know more

The commission has approved by a large majority –159 in favor, 149 against; 29 abstentions – the text of the conclusions of the PSOE, which United We can join after agreeing on an amendment. This document states that “the Operation was directed from three headquarters, the headquarters of the Popular Party on Genova Street, with the knowledge of the Party’s General Secretary, María Dolores de Cospedal, who informed the President of the Party and the Government, Mariano Rajoy ; the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior, with Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz who entrusted the Secretary of State for Security, Fernando Martínez, with the implementation of the entire criminal operation and, its epicenter, in the Deputy Directorate of Operations of the National Police that Eugenio Pino Sánchez directed “.

“The purpose of Operation Kitchen was to obstruct the ongoing judicial investigations and for the evidence that could be in Luis Bárcenas’ possession to be destroyed or hidden so that they would never be used by the administration of Justice, and even by the members of the Corps that acted as judicial police. And for this purpose of exclusive particular interest of the Popular Party, reserved funds and police officers were illegally used, “the approved text settles.

The agreement between PSOE and United We Can that has allowed this opinion to be carried out has incorporated an amendment proposed by the confederal group in which a “review of the processes and procedures on use and control of reserved funds is considered” appropriate. This was one of the main points of disagreement between the two government formations. The PSOE considers that the Reserved Funds Law, which was approved by his Government in 1995, is adequate and that in Kitchen it was simply broken. United We, for its part, believes it is proven that the mechanism approved after the GAL state terrorism is insufficient and encourages the misappropriation that took place in the illegal espionage of the PP treasurer.

The text also considers “appropriate” a “review of the processes for awarding decorations in the National Police”, which “abounds in greater transparency and objectivity in the awarding of them.” This is a modification of the initial text of the PSOE at the request of United We Can. The “medal law” is a 1964 text that is systematically breached to deliver rewards in the form of pensioned medals, a maneuver that was carried out from the Interior for the benefit of all those accused in Kitchen.

In this Wednesday’s committee, which was held behind closed doors, there were two votes. A first on the text of conclusions agreed between United We Can and pro-independence forces, harder than that of the PSOE, which has not achieved the necessary support due to the rejection of the socialists. Subsequently, and after agreeing on the aforementioned amendment between the two allies of the Government, the text of the Socialists has managed to be approved by a majority.

Finally, ERC, PNV and Grupo Mixto -where the CUP is integrated- have abstained when voting the conclusions of the PSOE, supported by Unidas Podemos and EH Bildu. PP, Vox and Ciudadanos have voted against, parliamentary sources inform United We can have attached its text as a private vote.The PSOE shields Sanz Roldán

Where the PSOE has been inflexible has been in the reference to King Juan Carlos I that Podemos and the independentistas made in their text and in the National Intelligence Center and its former director, Félix Sanz Roldán. The voted text does not refer to any of them. In the case of the CNI, it occurs despite the evidence gathered in the Kitchen summary, exposed during several appearances by the commission, about the participation of the Intelligence service in the espionage of Bárcenas or in another parallel operation.