Monday, February 26

Vox breaks in the province of Badajoz between illegal investigations and espionage

Vox breaks in the province of Badajoz. The provincial leadership of the far-right party resigned en bloc on Wednesday night after months of discrepancies, complaints and threats from its members and militants from Badajoz.

Until now the provincial president, Ángel Borreguero, resigned from office and the rest of the positions followed in his footsteps, which has put an end to one of the most controversial directions of Vox and that has caused more headaches to Santiago Abascal’s party .

As this newspaper already published in June, a Badajoz court is investigating whether the provincial directorate of Vox illegally obtained criminal and police data from affiliates in order to terminate them. Some of them were senior positions in the provincial manager and other local coordinators, who filed a complaint for an alleged crime of revealing secrets for an illegal investigation that the party would have commissioned with the aim of abandoning their positions.

The complainant’s lawyer assured Extremadura that “they are aware that databases of the State Security Forces and Bodies have been accessed to find out their police and criminal records, and take out garbage from people who are affiliated” . She also targeted members of the National Police and the Civil Guard, who could be involved.

It has not been the only controversy that has surrounded the far-right party in Badajoz. In April 2021, eight Vox candidates in the province left the party, describing the formation as “undemocratic” and “unconstitutional” because its internal discipline “is a steamroller”, which is applied “in a capricious manner” by the General Secretariat -then exercised by Javier Ortega Smith-, without respecting the rights of the affiliates and without guarantees of contradiction or defense.

The militants then denounced having been the object of “indecent techniques, such as the attempt of personal investigations by hiring private detectives, in order to make public some aspect of the private life of the person being investigated, and thus nullify it politically.” All the evidence related to these practices was sent to the General Secretariat, the Vice Secretariat for Organization and the Guarantees Committee, for the purposes of their internal investigation, and “there was no reaction or action whatsoever.”