Monday, May 16

Cospedal admits meetings alone with Villarejo but denies that he carried out orders

The former secretary general of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal has denied this morning in the National Court that she carried out orders to Commissioner Villarejo and, therefore, that she would pay him any amount. In her statement as investigated, which has not yet finished, Cospedal has admitted encounters with the police, first in the company of her husband, and later alone, so that Villarejo could inform her of what she knew about the corruption cases of her party, but always convinced that Villarejo was not active in the police and in order to purge responsibilities in training, legal sources inform

Both the investigating judge, Manuel García-Castellón, and the prosecutors in the case have asked Cospedal about the entry of Villarejo’s agenda “Cospe is very worried about five payments of 200.” Cospedal has responded that he has “no idea” of what the policeman can refer to and, in response to the Public Ministry, has shown his weariness because “the fables” of the policeman are dragging on for “so many years.”

Likewise, Cospedal has disassociated himself from the espionage operation on Luis Bárcenas and has added that if so, it would be a matter “of the Police” and not of the Popular Party. In this sense, she has also denied that her husband or she put the advisory commissioner in his Presidency of Castilla-La Mancha, Andrés Gómez Gordo, in contact with Villarejo to recruit the driver Sergio Ríos, of whom he says he did not know anything until they began to to publish the information on espionage. He has also denied that the PP placed the aforementioned Ríos as the driver of Bárcenas with the intention of spying on the treasurer and his environment.

Cospedal has answered the questions of the judge, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office and is now doing so with those of his lawyer, and has refused to do so with the rest of the parties in person. García-Castellón has asked him about his relationship with several defendants in the case, including Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz. The former number two of the PP has described their relationship as party colleagues and added that it is someone who has been “treated unfairly.”

The lawyer of Cospedal, the same one who defends the Popular Party in corruption cases, Jesús Santos, has once again insisted that the reports of the General State Intervention that he defends have been ignored in the judicial instructions of box B. Cospedal, in the answers to Santos, he has come to say: “We are the party that has had the least problems with the Court of Accounts.”