Monday, January 17

Discrepancies in the National Court on the latest investigation into Podemos

The latest attempt to prove an alleged irregular financing of Podemos raises relevant objections within the National Court. The Prosecutor’s Office of the specialized court has twice appealed the proceedings ordered to the Police by Judge Joaquín Gadea, temporary substitute for Manuel García Castellón, considering that the magistrate has launched a “prospective” investigation, that is, that no It limits itself to delving into the evidence it has, but launches a kind of network in case it could catch others that do not adhere to the purpose of the process, as required by the Criminal Procedure Law.

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Gadea ordered a report to the Unit against Economic and Fiscal Crime (UDEF) based on the statement of former Venezuelan general Hugo Carvajal, nicknamed The chicken, who spends his last days in detention in Spain waiting to be extradited to the United States for large-scale drug trafficking. In his car, the judge orders a series of proceedings that the Prosecutor’s Office considers go beyond the purpose of the procedure. Consequently, the Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court appealed to Judge Gadea and he rejected all the objections of the Public Ministry except one. The lieutenant prosecutor of the National Court, Miguel Ángel Carballo, has now resorted to the second instance, the Criminal Chamber, as sources of the case have informed

In reality, it is not a new case but one that was provisionally dismissed in 2016 and now reopened by Gadea after the statements in court of the Chicken Carvajal. It is here where the legal objections to the action of the magistrate Joaquín Gadea begin, who is pushing the case against Podemos while García Castellón is convalescing. The former head of the Venezuelan intelligence service presented a report on alleged deliveries of funds to various politicians, including Juan Carlos Monedero, with which to finance the creation of the Podemos political party by the Chavista regime. These would be alleged deliveries dated in 2008, seven years before the amendment of the Penal Code in 2015 included the crime of illegal financing of political parties, the true object of the reopened case.

Carvajal declared before Judge García Castellón that he had documentation on the deliveries to Monedero in the context of the process of his extradition to the United States, a procedure in the framework of which it was not possible to open an investigation into the facts he was denouncing. Someone then informed Judge García Castellón that the file of his own court kept a case, opened and filed immediately in 2016, about the possible irregular financing of Podemos.

That case goes back to the vigilante activities in the Ministry of the Interior to confront the opposition – first in Catalonia, later against Podemos – launched during the first legislature of Mariano Rajoy. Some maneuvers that had one of their most visible episodes in the so-called PISA report (which refers to the acronym of Pablo Iglesias Sociedad Anónima), whose content was published by various media just when the PSOE and Podemos contacts were starting for the possible Government formation. This PISA report was based on the complaint that was filed by the National Court and that has now reopened the Central Investigating Court number 6 to incorporate the information provided by Carvajal.

Clean Hands incorporated the PISA dossier, without the signature of an official or seal of any unit, to a lawsuit against Pablo Iglesias and Íñigo Errejón in the Supreme Court. The content of the dossier, on the alleged financing of Podemos with funds from Venezuela and Iran, was despised by the High Court. Some time later, a Zaragoza court resisted in favor of the National High Court regarding the complaint of a hitherto unknown Civic Union-Political Party for Peace, Conciliation and Progress of Spain (UCESP) that, with clippings of publications on the PISA report, intended to denounce the irregular financing of Podemos. The Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court requested that it be rejected and Judge Alejandro Abascal, then in Investigative Court number 6, agreed to the provisional dismissal, in line with what has already been resolved by the Supreme Court.

Last October, García Castellón decided that the claims of ‘Pollo’ Carvajal affected the possible irregular financing of Podemos and thought that he already had a place to introduce them: the cause of the complaint by Unión Cívica based on cuts in the PISA report. The magistrate issued an order in which he reopened the case, declared it secret and proceeded to summon Hugo Carvajal again within a week. It so happens that behind the PISA report are the members of the political brigade who are accused by García Castellón himself in the Kitchen piece of the Villarejo case, as one of them has declared in court.

The newspapers The world and The confidential They have reported the content of the order issued by Judge Gadea in the framework of the secret case. According to these media, the reinforcement magistrate has ordered the UDEF to track the bank movements in favor of Monedero, Carolina Bescansa and Jorge Lago, three of the politicians involved in the formation of Podemos. The link for the transfer of funds would be the companies Viu Comunicaciones and Viu Europa. Gadea, according to these media, also asked the Police to track the presence of Monedero in Venezuela on the dates indicated by the former head of Hugo Chávez’s military intelligence. All these steps are those that the Prosecutor’s Office considers disproportionate because they constitute a prospective investigation.

The aforementioned media have published that Carvajal has delivered to the National Court a document on payments from Venezuela to the Center for Political and Social Studies (CEPS), linked in the past to several leaders of Podemos, for more than 4 million euros in concept of advisory and technical support tasks. The document is dated May 26, 2008. There would be another more recent document, always according to the aforementioned media, dated 2016, for Nicolás Maduro to authorize the use of half a million dollars to facilitate the public oil company PDVSA to participate in a congress Oil World Cup held in Moscow and for this to hire Viu Comunicaciones, which would have acted as a front company to finance Podemos, according to ‘Pollo’ Carvajal.

As has learned, the only objection to his order that Gadea accepted after the first appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office was the order to transfer to International Cooperation of the Public Ministry to transfer information from third countries, given the information provided by the Chicken Carvajal that affected these. Prosecutor Carballo argued that international proceedings cannot be carried out in a secret case, an extreme which the reinforcement judge accepted. However, he rejected that his investigation was prospective and that it exceeded the object of the procedure, which has motivated the appeal presented to the Chamber by the Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court last Thursday.

Preliminary investigation to Monedero in Anticorruption

On the other hand, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office has been interested in the case reopened in the National Court as a result of Hugo Carvajal’s statement. The specialized Prosecutor’s Office has been open for months investigative procedures that affect a possible crime of money laundering allegedly committed by Monedero, legal sources inform To accuse money laundering, it is necessary to prove the illicit activity from which that money comes and that is what the aforementioned investigation procedures are currently focusing on.

Anti-corruption initiates this type of preliminary investigation prior to the filing of the complaint or to the filing of the proceedings if they do not allow to gather sufficient evidence to present a complaint to the court. In recent days, the Anticorruption prosecutors Juan Pavía and Ana Cuenca have gone to the Central Court of Instruction number 6 to meet with Joaquín Gadea and exchange information.