The Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation following the complaint filed by the former head of the National Police in Catalonia Narciso Ortega against the former general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal; former minister Jorge Fernández Díaz; the former Secretary of State for the Interior, Francisco Martínez, and the former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo for the alleged crimes of criminal organization, prevarication, embezzlement and revelation of secrets in Operation Catalunya.
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At the same time that it has agreed to open the investigation, the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office has decided to send it to the Madrid one because it believes that it is the one who has the territorial competence to do so, reports Europa Press.
The complaint, filed by the lawyer Jordi Pina, refers to the audios published by the digital ‘El Món’ during the last weeks about Operation Catalunya, in which National Police commanders, the then Government, PP leaders and even journalists “agreed to draw up a plan” from 2012 against the independence movement.
The complaint mentions the meeting between the former commissioner Villarejo and the former leader of the PP of Catalonia Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, on November 6, 2012, a few days before the regional elections of that same year, where the popular leader placed him on a “list black” of people who should be investigated.
The letter assures that Ortega was suddenly dismissed by the Ministry of the Interior and arbitrarily transferred to Teruel, although in the end “he accepted Zaragoza as the lesser evil”, due to his alleged collusion with the independence movement and links with people from the defunct Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC). ).
Ortega’s complaint considers that his dismissal was part of the “campaign of harassment and demolition of anyone who was related to the independence movement.” Ortega highlights that Fernández Díaz sent him “surprisingly and arbitrarily” to Teruel as provincial commissioner after his dismissal, despite the fact that finally “the complainant accepted Zaragoza as a lesser evil”, although he appealed the decision, assuring that his transfer “was illegal”.
Fernández Díaz appointed in his place his friend Agustín Castro Abad who, according to the complaint, “shared a deep-rooted Catholic faith” and prayed together in the same parish, although he was discharged “suffering from a deep depression” a few hours after the consultation of November 9, 2014.
According to the audios that are part of the complaint, Sánchez-Camacho explained to Villarejo that the former superior chief had “a lot of collusion” with the independence movement, which meant “an added problem because Narciso [Ortega]” was “intimate” with the former Minister of the Interior Felip Puig.
“The return of Narciso, with all the people he has here subdued and infiltrated in the police, will be the key piece that Puig has here involved in the police,” collects one of the audios that are provided in the complaint. He also highlights that he was subjected to “illegal” surveillance, since he “was not involved in any legal case and therefore there could be no monitoring orders authorized by any court.”