Saturday, December 10

The National Court annuls the latest investigation of García Castellón against Podemos for its financing


The Criminal Chamber of the National Court has estimated the appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office against the latest investigation undertaken from the court of Manuel García Castellón against Podemos and its alleged irregular financing, advance legal sources to elDiario.es. The Public Ministry alleged in its appeal that the proceedings ordered by the magistrate were prospective in nature and exceeded the purpose of the procedure.

The National Court believes that the accusation of ‘Pollo’ Carvajal against Podemos seeks to delay his extradition

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During García Castellón’s medical discharge, Judge Joaquín Gadea ordered a report from the Unit against Economic and Fiscal Crime (UDEF) based on the statement by 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. The Public Prosecutor’s Office appealed to Judge Gadea and he rejected all the objections of the Public Ministry except one. The tax lieutenant of the National Court, Miguel Ángel Carballo, resorted to the second instance, the Criminal Chamber and the Third Section of this, chaired by Alfonso Guevara, has upheld the appeal.

According to the sources consulted, the reopened case against Podemos, which remains secret, is greatly weakened since there are only a few checks left to be carried out and the extensive prospective investigation that the court intended is avoided. In reality, this is not a new case but rather another provisionally dismissed in 2016 and now reopened by the García Castellón court after the statements in court of the Chicken Carvajal.

The former head of the Venezuelan Intelligence Service presented a report on alleged deliveries of funds to several politicians, including Juan Carlos Monedero, with which to finance the creation of the Podemos political party by the Chavista regime. It would be about alleged deliveries dated in 2008, seven years before the modification of the Penal Code in 2015 included the crime of illegal financing of political parties, the real object of the reopened case.

Carvajal declared before Judge García Castellón that he had documentation on the deliveries to Monedero in the framework of his extradition process 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. García Castellón then resorted to an open and immediately filed case in his court in 2016, before he returned from his position in Rome, and which dealt with the possible irregular financing of Podemos.

That cause goes back to the vigilante activities in the Ministry of the Interior to deal with the opposition – first in Catalonia, then 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 for Pablo Iglesias Sociedad Anónima), whose content was published by several media outlets just when the contacts of PSOE and Podemos for the possible government formation.

In 2016, a Zaragoza court recused itself in favor of the National High Court due to a complaint by a group called Unión Cívica based on clippings from publications about the PISA report. After the arrest last year of Pollo Carvajal and his accusations against Podemos, Judge García Castellón issued an order in which he reopened the 2016 case, declared it secret and proceeded to summon the former Venezuelan military officer 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 declared in court.

A court in Zaragoza recused itself in favor of the National High Court due to the complaint by a group called Unión Cívica based on clippings from 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 declared in court.

The “delay strategy” of ‘Pollo’ Carvajal

With the case reopened against Podemos, the Criminal Chamber of the National Court last October described Hugo Carvajal’s accusations against Podemos as “a delaying strategy” regarding his extradition to the United States. The United States accuses Carvajal of “narcoterrorism” and a conspiracy to transfer 5.6 tons of cocaine to the country, as well as crimes related to the use and trafficking of firearms.

The same Third Section of the Criminal Chamber that now annuls García Castellón’s proceedings for prospective purposes already warned the judge that it would not suspend the delivery of ‘Pollo’ Carvajal to the United States so that it could be questioned by the magistrate and that he did not even have to inform him of the execution phase of the extradition, “exclusive to this section as the only competent judicial authority”, the order collected.

The newspapers The world and The confidential They reported at the time the order issued by Judge Gadea in the framework of the secret case and in which the proceedings that have now been annulled were included. The reinforcement magistrate ordered the UDEF to trace the banking 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 investigate the alleged presence of Monedero in Venezuela on the dates indicated by the former head of Hugo Chávez’s military intelligence.

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 consultancy work and technical support. The document is dated May 26, 2008. There would be another more recent document, dated 2016, for Nicolás Maduro to authorize the use of half a million dollars to make it easier for the public oil company PDVSA to participate in a world oil congress held in Moscow and that for this Viu Communications be hired, which would have acted as a front company to finance Podemos, always according to the version without evidence of ‘Pollo’ Carvajal.



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