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Begoña Gómez, spouse of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has an appointment this Friday with the Justice of the Peace Juan Carlos Peinado, head of the forty first Court of Instruction of Madrid, who’s investigating her for alleged crimes of affect peddling and corruption in enterprise. The companion of the top of the Executive arrived on the Plaza de Castilla courts after 10:00 to testify as a defendant in a case that the opposition, with the PP on the head, has become the nice weapon towards the socialist chief. “Will Sánchez enter the court hidden with his wife?” the PP attacked hours earlier than Gómez's appointment with the choose. The protection has repeatedly denounced that Peinado has not specified what the president's spouse is accused of, and maintains {that a} potential investigation is being launched towards her. Gómez entered the courtroom by way of the storage – after being approved the day earlier than by the senior choose – and entered the courtroom accompanied by 4 folks and wearing black, based on courtroom sources.

Early within the morning, the National Police sealed off entry to the constructing. The uncommon determination was additionally taken to restrict entry to the press, and the actions of journalists stationed on the doorways had been restricted, and so they had been grouped collectively in a single space. Several protesters had been moved to the opposite aspect of Paseo de la Castellana, the avenue the place the courts are positioned.

Since the summons turned identified, each element of the assertion has loved huge media protection. Begoña Gómez's personal defence, led by the previous socialist minister Antonio Camacho, requested the choose on Wednesday to not file the picture of the interrogation (that’s, to seize solely the sound). But, in the intervening time, it isn’t identified whether or not Peinado has decided on this regard. However, it has already been agreed that the president's spouse can entry the courts by automobile by way of the storage for “security” causes, which is able to enable her to not must cross in entrance of the tv cameras.

The senior choose, María Jesús del Barco, president of the conservative Professional Association of the Judiciary (APM), who made this determination after receiving the request from the Security Department of the Presidency of the Government, argues that it has been established “that there is a possible risk to the physical integrity of Begoña Gómez”. Ultra-right mobilisations had been referred to as for on the doorways of the courtroom on the time of the assertion. Among others, the ultra-Catholic affiliation Hazte Oír, additionally represented as a well-liked accusation within the course of, had inspired folks to collect there, however later introduced on its social networks that the Government Delegation had prohibited it.

A Hazte Oír van drove past Congress on Thursday with messages against Begoña Gómez and Pedro Sánchez.
A Hazte Oír van drove previous Congress on Thursday with messages towards Begoña Gómez and Pedro Sánchez.Claudio Alvarez

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While it stays to be seen whether or not Begoña Gómez decides to train her proper to not testify – the regulation permits her to not reply anybody's questions, together with these of the choose and the prosecutor, or to reply solely these questions she desires – sources from her defence crew imagine that the looks earlier than the Justice of the Peace is not going to final lengthy. In flip, the resolutions issued by Judge Peinado in current days already enable us to know some particulars of how the listening to will happen. In a decision issued on Monday, the investigating choose acknowledged that he’ll element to the president's spouse “the facts that are imputed to her”. Her lawyer insists {that a} report ready by the Civil Guard didn’t detect any irregularities in her skilled exercise.

At the identical time, the choose has outlined the function of the 5 widespread accusations introduced towards the case: the far-right occasion Vox; the pseudo-union Manos Limpias, which filed the unique grievance that led to the opening of the case; and the teams Hazte Oír, Movimiento de Regeneración Política de España and Partido Político Iustitia Europa. According to a decision issued by the choose on Wednesday, the legal professionals of the 5 accusations could also be current through the questioning of Begoña Gómez, however solely the one from Vox could ask her. If any of the opposite 4 desires to ask a query, they have to talk it to the consultant of Santiago Abascal's occasion in order that he can current it. Vox had introduced this morning that Jorge Buxadé, MEP and authorized coordinator of the occasion, had entered the courtroom constructing and that his intention was to be within the room through the statements, though he lastly confirmed that he is not going to enter as a result of there can solely be one lawyer per accusation.

In the identical Wednesday doc, Judge Peinado introduced that 7,000 euros can be returned to every of the favored accusations, of the ten,000 euros he imposed on them as bail to have the ability to seem within the preliminary listening to.

Almost three months of investigations

The investigation into Begoña Gómez started on April 16, when the choose issued an order to open proceedings after receiving a grievance from the pseudo-union Manos Limpias. That identical day, the Justice of the Peace granted the president's spouse the standing of a suspect, though it was not till June 4 – solely 5 days earlier than the European elections – that he took the step of summoning her to testify as a defendant. And he set the date for greater than a month later, Friday, July 5.

During these three months of investigation, the case has grow to be a curler coaster, with an infinite affect amplified by the situation of Begoña Gómez, spouse of Pedro Sánchez, who has additionally grow to be the goal of the opposition. Not solely has the intense proper launched towards her – Vox and the ultra-Catholics of Hazte Oír have joined the trigger as widespread accusations – however the PP has targeted its assaults on the spouse of the top of the Executive to put on down the Government. “If my wife were sitting in the dock for corruption, I would have resigned,” mentioned the president of the favored occasion, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, final week.