The former Secretary of State for Security Francisco Martínez has denied this Monday in his statement before the judge of ‘Kitchen’ any knowledge about the existence of this alleged operation to spy on the former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas, specifically refusing to attend a meeting with former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and lawyer Javier Iglesias at the Genoa headquarters, contrary to what was noted by Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo in their personal agendas.
The confession of the new broken PP toy
According to legal sources consulted by Europa Press, Martínez has once again affirmed before the head of the Court of Instruction 6 of the National Court, Manuel García-Castellón, that he did not know the device that would have been deployed in 2013 from the Ministry of the Interior, with resources police and reserved funds, to spy on Bárcenas and his surroundings and take away any compromising information that they may have on the PP and its leaders so that it does not reach Justice.
In addition, he has questioned the veracity of a large part of the notes written by Villarejo, clinging to the commissioner’s own words that in reality they would be personal diaries. The former ‘number two’ of the Ministry of the Interior has directly described its content as speculations, and has even slipped that some entries could have been written after the date reflected, thus warning about possible manipulations.
And that’s because the judge has been exhaustive when asking the former secretary of state about those notes. One of them, the one carried out on July 11, 2013 by Villarejo, would place him at the very origin of ‘Kitchen’. Along with ‘Chisco’, as the commissioner nicknamed him, it reads: “45-minute talk. Plan against LB. Interv. Communications, records and summons of woman and son.” García-Castellón interprets this note as the start of the operation.
Martínez has distanced himself from this and other annotations. Specifically, he has assured the magistrate that, contrary to what Villarejo stated, he did not attend a meeting at the headquarters of the ‘popular’ in Madrid’s Genoa street with Rajoy and the lawyer Javier Iglesias, who has been identified as trusted person of the former general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal who would have mediated in favor of the political formation with Bárcenas.
Along the same lines, contradicting what both the agendas and the recordings made by Villarejo of his meetings and conversations with various people include, Martínez has argued that the commissioner Enrique García Castaño did not give him any copy of the dump that would have been made of the content of Bárcenas’ mobile phones, and that he does not know either former judge Baltasar Garzón or businessman Adrián de la Joya.
He has also categorically rejected the fact that the point where Villarejo says that the former general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal would have given a “great anger” to Martínez for the reports of the main inspector of ‘Gürtel’, Manuel Morocho.
The driver from Bárcenas
His only knowledge of ‘Kitchen’, Martínez pointed out, is based on what was published in the press from 2015, when the first news about this alleged plot emerged. At that time, he believed that it was a setup designed to harm the Popular Party in the next elections. In fact, he has remarked that neither he nor the then Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, were concerned about Bárcenas and what he might treasure.
At this point, he has specified – at the insistence of the judge – that the then minister asked him to investigate whether Sergio Ríos, the driver of the Bárcenas family, was a police informant, but he has completely disassociated him from ‘Kitchen’. According to Martínez, he was not surprised because at that time ‘Gürtel’ was being investigated.
Likewise, he has reasoned, as Cospedal did in his court appearance, that if it is true that all of Bárcenas’ material was stored for a time in the office that the former treasurer had in the Andalusian Room of the ‘popular’ headquarters in Genoa, the PP could have gotten hold of those files at that time, without having to set up the ‘Kitchen’.
However, Martínez, whom Villarejo described in his last statement before García-Castellón as one of his main interlocutors in ‘Kitchen’ – along with the entire police leadership of the moment, Fernández Díaz and even Rajoy -, has stated that his performance was perfectly legal during the years he served as Secretary of State.
An unquestioned Villarejo
However, according to these sources, Martínez has supported some – few – annotations by Villarejo. Thus, for example, he has admitted that he had contact with him, justifying that at that time the commissioner was a person respected for the value of the information he provided, among other things, on the fight against jihadist terrorism.
Although at the same time he has added that he had a much more fluid relationship with the head of the Deputy Operational Directorate (DAO) or with other commissioners and commanders, among whom he mentioned Diego Pérez de los Cobos, than with Villarejo.
Faced with so much refusal, in an interrogation that has lasted about three and a half hours and in which he has only answered his lawyer and García-Castellón, the judge has warned Martínez that some of the questions he has raised are accredited in investigation by other means, beyond Villarejo’s agendas and recordings.