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Bárcenas returns to the National Court to clarify if the Kitchen was conceived in the PP


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The former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas returns this Friday to the National Court to declare as injured in the secret piece opened to the thread of the Kitchen operation that seeks to clarify if that parapolice deployment that sought to steal documentation was conceived in the first place, in the Popular Party.

As reported to ABC in legal sources, in particular it is about clarifying who and why Sergio Ríos assigned the destination of driving for Bárcenas, given that he ended up becoming the main confidant of the plot at a rate of 2,000 euros per month on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior between 2013 and 2015.

In his statement behind closed doors, Ríos pointed this out when he explained that They entrusted him with the position of chauffeur to the treasurer. He was working as a driver for the former Minister of the Presidency, Justice and Interior of the Community of Madrid Francisco Granados and as a member of a security company, he worked under the orders of the now commissioner Andrés Gómez Gordo in the frustrated project of the Campus of Justice in Madrid. His previous professional stage was as a goalkeeper for a club.

The involvement of the Popular Party in the Kitchen operation it is one of the fringes of the investigation. When last September, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office requested the indictment of the former Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, it also urged the judge to summon the former Secretary General of the Party, María Dolores de Cospedal.

However, the magistrate decided in an order that he preferred to concentrate on clarifying the circumstantial responsibility in the matter of the ministry before opening other fronts. But by the way, it was practiced in October an entry and registration at the home of Sergio Ríos in which the researchers intervened computer material of interest. He, who has changed lawyers, also changed his strategy and asked to testify again.

Ríos’ declaration, key

At the hearing, he detailed his relationships with Gómez Gordo, nicknamed «Cospedín» for his stage in second activity directing security for Cospedal in the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, as well as with Villarejo and the commissioner Enrique García Castaño.

They are the policemen with whom he was dispatching the confidences he got from Bárcenas’s family and, the first two, paid him the monthly payment. But he also opened the line of investigation on the involvement of the party when he explained how it was decided to place him next to the treasurer.

In addition to Luis Bárcenas, this Friday the judge will listen to his son, Willy Bárcenas, who in a brief letter to which ABC had access, requested this week to access the case as an accusation, taking into account that the monitoring of the plot also could affect him, as the SER has advanced.

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