Wednesday, December 6

The National Court orders García Castellón to extend the investigation of the Dina case to the Police Directorate

The Criminal Chamber of the National High Court has ordered Judge Manuel García Castellón to continue investigating the possible involvement of José Manuel Villarejo’s police superiors in the so-called ‘Dina case’, the disclosure of personal data stored on the mobile phone stolen from the former collaborator of Pablo Iglesias. García Castellón ordered the closure of the investigation just after receiving a police report that ruled out the possibility of linking the former Second Vice President of the Government to the crimes under investigation and despite the fact that Villarejo himself had declared that he gave a copy of the telephone to the Deputy Director of Operations Eugenio Pino, which is not investigated in this piece.

García Castellón extends the ‘Dina case’ now accusing Bousselham of lying

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The judges of the Third Section corrected the instructor again and ordered García Castellón to extend the investigation for two months so that the Deputy Directorate of Operations of the Police reports “if there is an informative note from José Manuel Villarejo Pérez in its files, accompanied by a pen drive , with files from Dina Bousselham’s telephone terminal card”. The Criminal Chamber thus considers the appeal filed by the legal representation of Podemos, to which the two journalists investigated in the piece partially adhered.

The judges of the instance superior to García Castellón consider it appropriate to continue investigating whether someone else participated in the crime of revealing secrets, in this case from the police leadership during the first legislature of Mariano Rajoy. “This is personal data, which may have been the object of criminal conduct of interference or disclosure,” adds the order of the Third Section, to which has had access. Villarejo was assigned to the Deputy Directorate of Operations when the events occurred.

The magistrates add in another order that Eugenio Pino himself “did not exclude” that officials in his charge had received information from Dina Bousselham’s phone, although he assured that he was not the person who would have picked them up in any case.

On the other hand, the judges rule out the intention of Podemos to investigate the police maneuvers against the political party because, they say, “this is not the appropriate procedural venue.” In this sense, the Criminal Chamber rejects testimonials and other requests for information requested by the appellants. The accused journalists defend that they delivered the card to Villarejo in response to a request from the commissioner within the framework of his police duties.