Businessman Barrabés is discharged and Begoña Gómez will now not should attend her assertion earlier than the choose | Spain | EUROtoday

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The presiding Justice of the Peace of the forty first investigating court docket in Madrid, Juan Carlos Peinado, acquired affirmation on Tuesday that the businessman Juan Carlos Barrabés Cónsul, whom he was to query as a witness subsequent Monday on the hospital the place he’s admitted, has been discharged; consequently, the choose has agreed to take his assertion on Monday however on the headquarters of the courts in Plaza de Castilla. This nullifies, based on authorized sources, the warning that Peinado had made on June 17 to Begoña Gómez, spouse of the President of the Government, warning her that she had the “obligation” to return to the courtroom subsequent Monday to comply with Barrabés' assertion by videoconference and that, if she didn’t achieve this, she could possibly be arrested.

According to the court docket doc dated June 17, recognized on Tuesday, Gómez —who’s charged with affect peddling and corruption in enterprise— had “the duty to appear assisted by a lawyer of her choice” on Monday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. on the sixth ground of the Plaza de Castilla Courts, the place the courtroom of the court docket headed by Judge Juan Carlos Peinado is positioned. “I warn you that you have an obligation to appear and that if you do not do so or allege just cause that prevents you from doing so, this summons may be converted into an arrest warrant,” said the doc signed by the lawyer of the administration of justice.

The doc defined that on this case Gómez was ordered to seem in court docket as a result of Barrabés's witness assertion was going for use as pre-constituted proof in a potential trial, for causes of the businessman's well being; that’s, the assertion, though will probably be made within the investigation part, could possibly be used within the occasion of a trial.

The Criminal Procedure Act gives that “the absence of the duly summoned person under investigation will not prevent the presentation of the pre-constituted evidence, although his legal counsel, in any case, must be present.” Sources from Gómez's protection had till now interpreted that Gómez didn’t should be current at Barrabés' assertion, since his lawyer, the previous socialist minister Antonio Camacho, was going to be there.

Gómez appeared in court docket final Friday to testify as a suspect, however the choose lastly postponed the questioning till July 19 as a result of she had not been correctly notified of one of many complaints filed within the proceedings. That day, a big police deployment was carried out within the neighborhood of Plaza de Castilla and he or she was allowed to enter the court docket via the storage for safety causes.

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