Thursday, November 26

The former Interior number 2 tried to go on the electoral list to get around the Kitchen case

The former Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez.

The former Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez.

Former Interior number 2 Francisco Martinez unsuccessfully tried to get the Popular Party to include him on one of its electoral lists get around the indictment in the Kitchen case, the espionage of the ex-treasurer of the PP, Luis Barcenas, which investigates the National Court.

As published this Monday ‘The country’, Martínez claimed the current secretary general of the PP, Teodoro Garcia Egea, and the former president Mariano Rajoy to appear on one of the electoral ballots last spring – to Congress, the Senate or the Madrid Assembly – with the aim of keep up and avoid being investigated.

This would be collected, according to ‘El País’, the mobile messages included in an Internal Affairs report transferred to the judge who investigates the Villarejo case at the National Court, Manuel García Castellón. The report analyzes messages from Martínez’s mobile, seized in March.

Former number two of former Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz did not achieve his purpose and complained to a former collaborator. “I am not a member of the PP and I didn’t give a damn about the papers “He wrote according to ‘El País’, denouncing that they did keep the former minister and whoever was his director general of Police, Ignacio Cosidó, although the PP excluded both from the lists.

‘El País’ also reveals messages sent to a policeman, Pedro Agudo, asking him to intercede before Judge García Castellón to close the investigation. “I’m trying to go on the lists for the judicial matter... Talk to Manolo to close that shit, “Martinez posted on February 19, 2019.

Last Thursday in his statement as a defendant, Martínez assured the judge that the former Interior Minister knew about the Kitchen operation, although he considered it legal, and defended that the espionage sought to monitor an alleged money laundering by Bárcenas and not to locate documents that could compromise leaders of the PP.

In his statement as a defendant last Friday, Fernández Díaz denied having known of the existence of an operation to spy on Bárcenas and defended that he had not received instructions in this regard, nor from the former president Mariano Rajoy nor from the former secretary general of the PP, María Dolores de Cospedal.

The magistrate investigating Kitchen frames this operation between January 11, 2013 and November 18, 2016 and considers that the Interior would have “coordinated the entire operation, presumably with the direct participation of the minister and acting by delegation of the latter, at apparently, the Secretary of State for Security “.

Investigators suspect that this alleged para-police espionage operation on Bárcenas’s family, paid with reserved funds, would have as objective to obtain compromising documents for leaders of the PP.

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