The judge in the case of Villarejo, Manuel García Castellón, ordered the summoning as defendants of Francisco Martínez, Secretary of State for Security during the Government of Mariano Rajoy, and the deputy operational director of the Police at the time, Eugenio Pino, in the framework of the investigation of an alleged extortion scheme against lawyer Javier Gómez de Liaño to prevent information from being published about box B of the PP when the lawyer represented Luis Bárcenas, former treasurer of the political party.
Cospedal told the judge that he did not remember PP paying Bárcenas’ lawyers, even though he confirmed it in 2010
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Piece 36 of the Villarejo case accuses three participants in a recorded conversation who contributed to the case, talking about an operation to blackmail Gómez de Liaño with information about alleged black money from the lawyer for his defense of the Russian mob. Kalashov and the journalist’s publications in 2014 about the irregular funding of the PP were stopped.
In the audio, one of the participants said that the person in charge of the maneuver was a state attorney on vacation who answered directly to María Dolores de Cospedal, then the general secretary of the party. Cospedal himself testified as a witness in the case, confirming that he was not aware of the alleged plot. During his statement, he even denied that he knew who paid the lawyers that Bárcenas had before Gómez de Liaño at that time, and publicly, he admitted that the payment was paid by the Popular Party.
The statement of the former Secretary of State and former director of operations of the Police will be made at the request of Gómez de Liaño, who is pursuing a private prosecution, and with the support of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, although Judge García Castellón has not yet set a date.
In his car, to which elDiario.es has access, García Castellón assures that so far there are no accused or witnesses who have linked Martínez to the events, while justifying his summons because in the diaries of Commissioner Villarejo something can be seen, notes that show he knows the maneuver. Villarejo’s diaries are considered credible by the investigators of the case because they contain notes that the commissioner intended for his personal use, and they were seized when he was already in prison and believed to be safe from investigations.
In them, Villarejo collected eight quotes with ‘Chisco’, the nickname he gave to Francisco Martínez, with allusions to what the commissioner described as “Operation Kalasov”, for the Russian mobster who would have paid $5 million in black money to Liaño, which the lawyer completely denied.
On April 4, 2014, for example, Villarejo wrote next to “Chisco”: “Kalas-Liaño”. On August 4, he met again with the former Secretary of State and said, “Sergi says that Liaño received money in Switzerland.” Six appointments are in 2014, but there are two previous ones, corresponding to 2013. This is the same reason that the judge believes he should be summoned, as well as an investigator, Eugenio Pino, deputy operational director, that is, entries on Villarejo’s agenda to discuss with him the theme of Liaño.
Martínez and Pino will sit in the dock for Operation Kitchen, Bárcenas’ espionage using reserve funds. Anti-corruption demands a sentence of 15 years in prison for each of them. Operation Kitchen is a parapolice maneuver to destroy the judicial investigation in Box B of the PP. Because of this, a similar plot to pressure Bárcenas’s lawyer, where they are named as defendants, is called Parallel Kitchen or Legal Kitchen.
Cosidó is free again
On the other hand, García Castellón refused to cite Alejandro Auset Domper despite the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office pointed to him as a state attorney on vacation at the head of a “legal lobby” that would work for the PP, which would command to attack Liaño, and who would answer directly to María Dolores de Cospedal. He also refused to summon the then director of the police, Ignacio Cosidó.
García Castellón alleged that Liaño did not specify whether they should appear as witnesses or defendants and that no sign of their involvement has emerged so far, although the anti-corruption prosecutor asked in his interrogations if the state attorney on vacation mentioned in the audio The reason is Alejandro Auset.