Tuesday, August 16

The Zaragoza judge investigating the ‘Gali case’ conditions the imputation of Carmen Calvo to González Laya’s statement


The first vice president, Carmen Calvo, during a press conference.

The first vice president, Carmen Calvo, during a press conference.

The first vice president of the Government of SpainCarmen Calvo, you are not going to be charged in the Gali case, for now. Although one of the popular accusations requested that it be cited as investigated, the titular magistrate of the Examining Court number 7 of Zaragoza The person in charge of the matter has rejected the request this Friday. However, it conditions its judicial future to the declaration that the former Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, as well as the one that Calvo’s right hand will have to perform in the Vice Presidency and current general director of the National Mint and Stamp Factory, María Isabel Valldecabres, and the cabinet director of the Minister of the Interior, Susana Crisóstomo. These are cited as a witness on October 18.

Before, González Laya will do it. Judge Rafael Lasala’s appointment for next October 4, the day on which the former technical secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, José María Muriel, will also have to testify. Both will have to give explanations of the alleged irregular entry of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, into Spanish territory, on April 18, through the Zaragoza Air Base.

All these movements take place after Camilo Villarino, former head of the Foreign Affairs cabinet, from Zaragoza, acknowledged before the judge that three days before the arrival of Brahim Gali, the former head of cabinet of the vice president, María Isabel Valldecabres, had commented on the possibility of entering Spain. Until that moment he did not know anything, although later it was, according to his statement, González-Laya herself, who confessed to him, two days before Gali’s arrival, that she had received a request from Algeria to treat him medically because he was seriously ill with covid-19. She added that “she was not alone in that decision.”

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Request to the National Police

In the same car that El Periódico de Aragón, the newspaper that belongs to this group, Prensa Ibérica, has had access to. issues a letter to the Information Brigade of the Higher Police Headquarters of Aragon and to Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that within five days they issue a report on “whether any of the member states of the Schengen area had inserted alerts for the purpose of arrest or mere location in order to appear before a judicial authority or be notified of any criminal action of the person filmed as Brahim Gali, although it could appear as Brahim Gali Moustafa or Gali Sidi-Mohamed Abdelyelil “.

The complaint that this judicial procedure has entailed was filed by lawyer Antonio Urdiales, who asked the court to inquire about the participation of border officials from the Zaragoza Air Base and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, who “authorized the entry of people provided with false documentation, being aware that Gali had initiated paths criminal cases for serious crimes of genocide and torture before the Central Court of Instruction number 3 of the National High Court, failing to make these facts known to the judicial authority of Zaragoza and allowing the transfer of the accused and those accompanying him to another province ”.

This lawyer affirmed that there are two hypotheses: Either Gali entered the national territory with an authentic passport or with a false one. In the first case, it would be a crime of prevarication and concealment, while the other would be circumscribed within the framework of the crime of prevarication “because there would be a concert between the accused and the Spanish authorities.”

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