Friday, April 16

Vox files a complaint against Marlaska in the Supreme Court

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
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Vox has filed a complaint in the Supreme Court against the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, whom he accuses of alleged crimes of obstruction of Justice, reprisals and prevarication for the dismissal of Colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos as head of the Civil Guard Command in Madrid, whose dismissal was annulled by the National High Court.

The formation directed by Santiago Abascal also extends its claim against the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, and the director of the Civil Guard, Maria Gamez, for the same criminal offenses (articles 464 and 404 of the Penal Code).

In a statement, Vox also attributes the resignation of the Deputy Director of Operations (DAO) of the Civil Guard, General Laurentino Ceña, that he resigned from his post one day after the resignation of Pérez de los Cobos.

Yesterday this formation demanded the resignation of the head of the Interior after the reinstatement of Colonel de la Benemérita in his former position, as also raised by PP and Ciudadanos.

“Illegal” termination

The Central Contentious-Administrative Court 8 of the National High Court considered that the removal of Pérez de los Cobos at the end of March of last year is “illegal” and, therefore, it leaves it without effect to restore him to the head of the Command of the Armed Institute in Madrid.

After analyzing the facts and the resolutions adopted in the dismissal, the magistrate Celestino Salgado affirmed in his resolution that the “loss of confidence” alleged by the Interior to dismiss him was motivated by not reporting on the development of investigations and actions of the Civil Guard in the framework operative and Judicial Police on the judicial investigation opened to the until now Government delegate in Madrid José Manuel Franco, in what is known as the ‘8M’ case due to the authorization of mass gatherings, including the feminist march on March 8, at the beginning of the pandemic.

After this and in his letter addressed to the Supreme Court, the Vox Legal Deputy Secretary, which directs Marta Castro, remember that a year ago you already filed a complaint for these same events and it was filed “for not constituting a crime or providing sufficient evidence.”

Now and as a result of the judgment of the National Court, Castro highlights that there is evidence that the dismissal of the Civil Guard colonel was “inmotivado, arbitrario” and, in addition, it was directly related to “the request to carry out an openly illegal activity”.

Specifically, Vox refers to the request to provide information on the investigations ordered by the Investigating Court number 51 of Madrid, by the cause of the 8M that affected Franco, recently appointed president of the Higher Sports Council although it was later shelved.

For education, the “real reason” for the alleged loss of confidence it was “not to agree to undertake a manifestly illegal act requested from the highest levels of the Ministry.”

“It implies the express recognition of the commission of the crime, for which Grande-Marlaska is responsible, for which it is stated that the linking ministerial interests with an arbitrary procedure, with an obvious deviation of power, and, in addition, lying publicly, in view of the demonstrations carried out since May 2020, “says the Vox complaint.

Finally, the Deputy Secretary of Justice predicts that it will be “difficult to avoid” investigation for trespass, obstruction and retaliation against the Interior dome.

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