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The Prosecutor’s Office opposes the request of the Lawyers to set aside the accusations of the Gali case


File image of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali.
Camilo Freedman / EP

The Prosecutor’s Office has shown against the request of the State Attorney to dismiss the accusations of the so-called Gali case in the investigation that continues in the Court of Instruction Number 7 of Zaragoza on the entry into Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front.

In a letter dated October 5, to which Europa Press has had access, the Public Ministry has challenged the appeal filed by the legal services of the State and has asked that the judge’s order be confirmed by which the person was accepted in the cause of the accusations.

The Prosecutor’s Office has rejected the arguments of the Lawyers and has assured of the private accusation, exercised by the lawyer Antonio Urdiales, filed a complaint “with all the necessary requirements, although he has called it a complaint”. Likewise, it has defended that the two accusations represented by the lawyer Juan Carlos Navarro also “must be held by the party.”

On the request of the legal services of the State that it be required 150,000 euros to these accusations, The Public Prosecutor’s Office has assured that it does not oppose the decision that the judge made not to claim it.

The Prosecutor’s Office has also ruled on the request of the Lawyers to investigate the alleged leaks to the press carried out by the private prosecution. He has assured that “not applicable”.

Lawyers ask to expand the report on the award of Gali’s son

In the framework of the investigation, the State Attorney has presented another brief before the Court of Instruction Number 7 of Zaragoza. ANDIn this case, to defend that the fact that the residence permit of the son of polisario leader Brahim Ghali was issued five days after his arrival in Spain It “does not contradict” the statement of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, and her chief of staff, Camilo Villarejo.

In a report contributed to the case, the Police informed the judge that Ghali’s son now has a residence permit that was issued on April 23, 2021 and will be valid until March 14, 2026. The Polisario leader – and his son- larrived in Spain on April 18 and left at dawn on June 2 for Algeria, after appearing before Judge Santiago Pedraz for several complaints filed against him for alleged human rights violations in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf.

In the letter of October 8, to which Europa Press has also had access, the legal services of the State have insisted that both González Laya and Villarino “honestly acknowledged that they did not verify ‘ex ante’ neither the Algerian diplomatic passport nor the residence permit”, given that “there was good faith” in the relationship with Algeria, which required humanitarian assistance for Ghali.

González Laya said in his statement in court, to which Europa Press had access, that the Algerian authorities advised him that Ghali was carrying an Algerian diplomatic passport and his son had a residence permit.. He assured that “having announced who was going to come and with the Schengen code in hand” from his Ministry they understood that “entry could take place as it did, that is, without the access document being controlled.” “Did we make inquiries as to whether this person had some kind of limitation for entry into Schegen territory? No, Your Honor, we did not,” he said.

The Lawyers have insisted that the former head of the Foreign Office required that the documentation be sent to him “when with surprise and anger“He read in the press that Ghali entered the San Pedro de Logroño Hospital with another identity.” Obviously at that time they send him the valid residence card (as we now know, issued on April 23, 2021), “they have specified.

In this sense, it has asked the judge to request an extension of the report of the Regional Police Information Brigade to determine “if the residence card is issued ‘ex novo’, holding the right to reside in Spain from that moment, or if such right was had before and from what date “. Likewise, it has asked to specify the date on which Ghali’s son was recognized as “stateless” on the residence permit.

The judge orders the identification of immigration officials

Within the framework of the procedure, magistrate Rafael Lasala has issued an official letter to the Commissioner of the National Police of Zaragoza to report on the “Identity of the officials of the Foreign and Border Brigade who were in charge of passport control at the Civil Airport of Zaragoza on the afternoon of April 18, 2021”.

This is stated in a ruling of October 15, to which Europa Press has also had access, in response to the request for the accusations in the case.

Regarding the interested intervention of the device in which the former head of the Foreign Office received the emails related to the case that are said to have been eliminated, the judge has requested that the full identification of such device (brand, model, identifier number) be provided within two days by his procedural representation, and must indicate whether he voluntarily makes it available to this Court “.


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