The former number two of Jorge Fernández Díaz in the Ministry of the Interior, Francisco Martínez, planned with former commissioner Villarejo the dissemination of false news of corruption that affected independence leaders in the weeks prior to the 2012 Catalan elections, according to new recordings what has spread the newspaper El País. Martínez, at that time Fernández Díaz’s chief of staff and shortly after appointed Secretary of State for Security, spoke with Villarejo on November 14, 2012, two weeks before the regional elections in Catalonia.
Aguirre asked Villarejo that his association let the case of his escape on Madrid’s Gran Vía die
The commissioner informed Martínez that he had met with Javier de la Rosa, a businessman close to Jordi Pujol and convicted of corruption decades ago, and had asked him for compromising information. De la Rosa informed him about the movements of the Pujol family in Switzerland: “I went there with Jordi Jr. and I introduced him to Thierry Lombard and they opened the account in front of me,” he assured him. The businessman asked Villarejo for money in exchange for providing him with documentation to support that and other accusations.
The policeman reported this request to his superiors, who did not finish authorizing the payment, and three days after the conversation with De la Rosa he met with Martínez. He told him that the businessman had told him about a foundation in which Pujol had “about 150 million euros” and that a banker could get him “the statement forms and everything from that foundation” in exchange for about 30,000 euros. . “I’ll advance you the 30,000 if you bring me the form and send it to me tomorrow. I mean, I think it’s worth it, because that’s deadly,” Villarejo told Fernández Díaz’s right-hand man.
Villarejo also proposed that a police device be prepared to record the Pujol family if they went to the bank to change the entity’s data: “Immediately the father or son will run to change the foundation, because of course, that changes in 24 hours, and once they get in or out, they’re filmed that day, and they’re dead.” That trip to the Swiss bank never happened.
Operation Catalunya was revealed in 2014 by elDiario.es, when this outlet published that a secret unit of the Police was tracking compromising information on pro-independence politicians. It was made up of agents from Internal Affairs and from another Unit, acting outside their powers and without judicial control.
The Barcenas Papers
The general secretary of the PP between 2008 and 2018, María Dolores de Cospedal, also appears in the audios published by El País. In a conversation that she had with the commissioner in 2013, she assured that “it would be better” to be able to “stop” the publication in the media of Luis Bárcenas’s “little book”.
In the dialogue, which Commissioner Villarejo recorded on January 20, 2013, the then general secretary of the PP —the party that was in government at the time— tries to find out who appears in Bárcenas’ documentation as a recipient of bonuses, find out who is filtering and try to stop its publication. The recordings were in the commissioner’s home and were seized by court order within Operation Tandem.
Cospedal asks Villarejo if he thinks they are going to publish the “little book” and affirms that “[Eduardo] Inda tells it to whoever wants to hear it”. To which the commissioner replies: “But to me the famous little notebook that he says is such, what he has told me is that he has a photocopy of some sheets that the other has shown him, that the lawyer has not given them to him . In other words, you don’t have the little notebook physically, eh? Not even Inda, I think, from what he’s told me. That he goes around telling things? It’s just that he’s a loudmouth.” Both agree that the best thing is for Villarejo to try to anticipate what may happen: “As far as possible intoxicate them a little, anticipate the issue”