PSOE, Junts and ERC ask to research whether or not Rajoy knew in regards to the soiled police conflict towards the Catalan independence motion | Spain | EUROtoday

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President Pedro Sánchez and the primary leaders of Junts and ERC defended this Monday the necessity to examine whether or not former president Mariano Rajoy knew in actual time, and supported, the police actions towards the Catalan independence motion promoted by former minister Jorge Fernández Díaz between 2012 and 2016 These actions, with out judicial safety, consisted of the fabrication of stories that have been leaked to sure media retailers the place very critical accusations of corruption have been made, most of them false, towards Catalan independence leaders. Some of those operations have been prosecuted by the police themselves or by the Ministry of the Interior, however the majority led to nothing as a result of the judges determined to archive them because the proof used was false.

These unlawful maneuvers towards the Catalan independence motion, confirmed in quite a few summaries opened within the National Court and in different courts, stay unpunished. The decide of the National Court, Manuel García Castellón, teacher of the Tandem case —which investigates the police mafia led by Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo for nearly 20 years— nonetheless has an open investigation —piece 34— which incorporates the so-called audios of corruption printed by EL PAÍS the place quite a few proof of the maneuvers of leaders of the PP and the police management of the Ministry of the Interior towards the Catalan independence motion. More than a 12 months and a half after this investigation was opened, the decide has solely taken testimony from these answerable for the media that printed these audios and not one of the politicians or cops concerned in them have been charged with these occasions.

Furthermore, within the dozens of separate items of the Tandem case Still open within the National Court, the informative notes that Villarejo wrote and that reached the political heads of the Ministry of the Interior seem scattered.

The vanguard, y They printed this Monday that the then President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, obtained, in keeping with totally different sources, stories about these unlawful operations of the independence motion in sealed envelopes despatched to him by his Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz. “We are not at all surprised that Mariano Rajoy knew the details of the dirty war against the independence movement. The Spanish State, with its sewers, has tried everything and has failed. Today, it is even more evident that independence is the only way,” mentioned the previous Catalan president, Pere Aragonès, this Monday.

This Monday, Fernández Díaz’s lawyer denied to EL PAÍS on behalf of his shopper that envelopes with stories on police exercise towards the Catalan independence motion have been despatched to Rajoy. Interior leaders between 2012 and 2016 informed this newspaper one other model: “That Minister Jorge Fernández sent many reports to Rajoy in envelopes is 100% true. What we do not know is if they were Villarejo’s informative notes, although we are not surprised, at least in the first years, because there came a time, starting in 2014, when Villarejo’s notes lacked credibility. EL PAÍS tried, without success, to know Rajoy’s version of these complaints.

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Retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo addresses the media upon leaving the National Court on November 27.ZIPI (EFE) (EFE)

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Villarejo has assured several interlocutors, according to his own recordings, that he is the author of a report without date or signature but with the seal of the Ministry of the Interior that he leaked to certain media outlets for publication a few days before the Catalan election campaign. November 2012. That report detailed all types of corruption involving the main Catalan independence leaders, judges and prosecutors, and directors or editors of Catalan newspapers. Many of the allegations in those reports were proven false.

Villarejo, whose intense contacts with the general secretary of the PP, Dolores de Cospedal, and with the former chief of staff of the Minister of the Interior and later Secretary of State, Francisco Martínez, have been accredited in multiple recordings, prepared numerous informative notes on police activities against the Catalan independence movement. 18 of these notes appear in the summary being investigated in Andorra regarding the alleged extortion of Spanish police officers to the owners of the BPA to provide documentation on the money laundering of former president Jordi Pujol and his family.

In these briefing notes all kinds of accusations appear—some of them false; others never proven—not only against Pujol but against numerous pro-independence politicians or businessmen. These notes even attributed to Jordi Pujol in Switzerland a fortune of 2,000 million euros, or the payment of six million euros to the Prime Minister of Latvia in exchange for his support for Catalonia’s right to self-determination.

The most compromising conversation recorded by Villarejo in relation to these operations against the Catalan independence movement took place on December 16, 2012. The then Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández, met with Villarejo to define strategies against Catalan independence leaders. In that conversation, the minister asks the police for absolute discretion: “This conversation did not exist, is that clear? The minister knows nothing about the subject. I will deny even under torture that this meeting ever existed.”

In that assembly, shortly after the elections in Catalonia have been held with a critical setback for CiU, Villarejo defined to the Minister of the Interior how they have been going to prosecute sure operations towards independence leaders based mostly on “anonymous, informative notes, collected data…”. “I would like you to [la denuncia] will be presented today,” the minister answers, who points out in the conversation that “the second complaint does concern Artur Mas. [expresidente de la Generalitat de Cataluña] through the three front men.”

This recording, revealed by EL PAÍS a 12 months and a half in the past, demonstrates the extent to which the Minister of the Interior was knowledgeable of all of the maneuvers of the police below his command towards the Catalan independence motion.

The complaints towards Artur Mas by no means got here to something. It was by no means confirmed that he had accounts overseas, not even by way of entrance males, even if the patriotic police leaked stories to that impact.

Despite the quite a few proof present in quite a few summaries opened within the National Court and in different courts, these unlawful maneuvers by the Interior police management towards the Catalan independence motion haven’t obtained any prison reproach to this point.

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