Monday, August 8

Cospedal will be the penultimate questioned in the Kitchen case


The commission that investigates in the Congress the alleged para-police plot to spy on the former treasury of the PP Luis Bárcenas enters its final stretch with the turn of the former secretary general of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal after the judge decided to leave her out of the Kitchen case.

Cospedal, penultimate of the 40 appearances that will close next Monday the former president of the Government Mariano Rajoy, goes to Congress this Thursday half a year after his first summons, the one that was suspended at the last minute because the judge decided to charge her that same day with her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro, for the meetings that both had with the commissioner José Villarejo and that he recorded.

Both Cospedal and López del Hierro, who did appear in the commission, they had to testify before the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón and admitted the meetings with Villarejo, but not having carried out orders or being involved in the espionage of the former treasurer Bárcenas, allegedly designed in 2013 with resources and funds from the Interior to take over the information that compromised the leadership of the PP and the Government of Mariano Rajoy.

The then leader of the PP also denied that the police officer Andrés Gómez Gordo, who was his head of security when he governed Castilla-La Mancha and is another of the main defendants in the case, I would comment on anything about the operation or the recruitment of Bárcenas’ driver as a confidant.

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The explanations of the former secretary general of the PP convinced the judge, who left her out of the case unlike what happened with the then Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, or the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, both defendants.

In other words, the judge circumscribes possible criminal responsibilities to the scope of the Ministry of the Interior, since considers that meeting with Villarejo is not a crime and that is the only thing that, in his opinion, can be attributed to Cospedal and López del Hierro.

Does not share that criterion Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, convinced that there are “sufficient indications of criminality” to continue investigating both. Among other reasons, because there are recordings from 2009 in which they offer Villarejo “specific orders that would be paid for with funds from the PP.”

In any case, this Thursday from 11:00 hours it will be the turn of the deputies of the investigation commission, who will take turns of fifteen minutes to ask the questions they consider appropriate to the former “popular” leader and former president of Castilla-La Mancha.

Three days later The commission will listen to Rajoy in the afternoon session from 4:00 p.m.. Then, the groups will have a deadline to present their conclusions on the 25 sessions held, the majority of testimonies from police officers, high-ranking officials of the ministry and politicians, and try to agree on an opinion before the end of the year.

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Predictably and Already in 2022, that opinion will be raised to the plenary session of Congress for ratification.


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