“Justice consists in giving each one his own.” It is a phrase of Fernando Grande-Marlaska, during an interview six years ago when he published the book «Neither pain nor fear». This week the Justice, the National Court, has given Colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos “his own” – the reason – and took it away from the Minister of the Interior, ultimately responsible for his dismissal. Those who know both are clear that the ‘fight’ has not ended, but for now the colonel is winning. He has already asked for his reinstatement as head of the Madrid Command and the decision (which will be provisional) will be made by the judge, probably this week.
If he agrees, he creates another setback for Marlaska that in recent days has been splicing them. The first, the defense he made of the ‘kick in the door’ after a police intervention in Madrid for an illegal party, unanimously questioned by the jurists. The second, and the one that can cause the most wear and tear, is the sentence that considers the dismissal of De los Cobos illegal; and the finishing touch, the approach of the bloodthirsty ETA member Javier García Gaztelu, ‘Txapote’, murderer of Miguel Ángel Blanco, Gregorio Ordoñez, Fernando Múgica or Fernando Buesa.
Untrue and arbitrary
The harsh arguments of the Contentious Judge of the National High Court, who speaks of “non-existent, insufficient, incoherent, inventive, incomplete and arbitrary” motivation, and considers that the minister incurred “an obvious misuse of power” suggest that he will attend to the request of Diego Pérez de los Cobos to once again be the head of the Madrid Command even if the sentence is not final.
His position was assumed by his second, the then Lieutenant Colonel Blanes, appointed by Marlaska, and who has already been promoted to Colonel. If this restitution occurs, the General Directorate of the Civil Guard must seek another position of its category in Blanes, taking into account that this new destination can also be provisional. This decision, after the judicial setback and the closing of ranks around Pérez de los Cobos, is not easy for the department headed by Marlaska either. Although, as reported by ABC, Interior sources maintain that “there is much confidence that the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the National High Court will revoke the decision” of the head of the Court 8.
The minister’s phrase to “give each one his own” has taken on a special meaning this week. While he, the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, and the general director of the Corps, María Gámez, PP, Ciudadanos and Vox ask them to resign, these same parties, Civil Guard associations and members of the Armed Institute show your support for the colonel.
“Marlaska wanted De los Cobos to commit a crime,” they point out from the Professional Association of the Civil Guard (APROGC). “It has been proven that he was asked for confidential information that perhaps he did not even have.” His spokesman Francisco Pajuelo explained to ABC that they hope that this sentence “stops the dangerous drift of ceasing and appointing public representatives according to political ideology” and expressed his satisfaction because it restores an agent “arbitrarily dismissed for fulfilling his duty.”
The sentence, they say, endorses the political neutrality of the Civil Guard and makes it clear that when the agents act as Judicial Police, they work under the direct orders of judges and prosecutors.
Role of secessionism
They agree with the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), the majority, in the caution when requesting resignations. “We have to wait for the ruling to be final,” they say. “If it is confirmed that De los Cobos was not dismissed for loss of confidence but for other events, the three responsible are very marked for having used a disguised dismissal as a disciplinary regime,” they indicate from AUGC.
On these other grounds, Corps commanders once again point to the colonel’s actions during the illegal referendum of October 1. “The feeling before and now is that the secessionists asked for his head and that took away his impeccable career.” Faced with this sensation, they turn to two keys: one corporatist and the other exemplifying: “If they did it to him, they can do it to anyone.”
Those who know him say that a bill will be charged and appeal to his extraordinary relationships. They rescue the closed defense that Minister Margarita Robles made of him, whose hand some see behind the sentence, and remember that her brother was president of the Constitutional Court.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism