Thursday, May 26

The National Court reopens the case on the financing of Podemos to declare the ‘Pollo’ Carvajal

Headquarters of the National Court.

The judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón has reopened the case filed in 2016 on the alleged irregular financing of Podemos with funds from Venezuela and Iran, in which ex-Chavista general Hugo Armando Carvajal, known as “Pollo Carvajal”, will testify on October 27.

Legal sources have confirmed to Efe that the head of the central investigating court number 6 has adopted this decision after receiving all the documentation that the former general has provided since he was detained in September after almost two years unaccounted for.

Now the judge has summoned him again to testify as a witness in the framework of proceedings that date back to 2016, when a Zaragoza court withdrew in favor of the National High Court after receiving a complaint against Podemos for alleged illegal financing with funds from Iran and Venezuela.

These proceedings were immediately shelved at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office of the National High Court since said complaint was based on press clippings on the alleged Pisa police report (Pablo Iglesias Sociedad Anónima), to which the Supreme Court did not give credit when it studied another complaint from Clean Hands for lacking official letterhead.

At the moment, the matter is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of the National High Court, although it is not ruled out that he could end up taking charge Anti-corruption.

The summons in this case, which is followed by an alleged crime of illegal financing, is known the same day as the Ministry of the Interior You have notified your rejection of the appeal that the ex-Chavista general presented against the denial of asylum that he requested after the National High Court agreed his surrender to the United States, where he is accused of drug trafficking crimes.

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However, although his extradition may be closer, the “Pollo Carvajal” still has a judicial journey since it can appeal the Interior decision to the Contentious Chamber of the National Court and can request that the delivery be suspended in a precautionary way until this court decides.

In order to stop his extradition to the United States, Carvajal has been providing these weeks documentation to the judge on alleged irregularities in payments made by the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA, some of them, presumably, to former leaders of Podemos such as Juan Carlos Monedero; in addition to targeting other personalities such as former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and former judge Baltasar Garzón.

Head of the Directorate of Military Counterintelligence of Venezuela for eight years in the governments of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, Pollo Carvajal was arrested in September after almost two years in unknown whereabouts and is now in the prison of Estremera (Madrid).

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