Cospedal appears before the Kitchen Commission in Congress

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The former general secretary of the PP, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, appears this Thursday at the Congress ante la Kitchen Commission after the judge decided to leave it out of the judicial cause of the case investigating the ham parapolice plot to spy to the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas.

Cospedal is the penultimate of the 40 cited to be questioned, since the former president of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, will close the commission on Monday.

The former secretary general of the PP will have to respond to the parliamentary groups that could not question her in June, when she was first cited. Then, his accusation forced the appointment to be canceled at the last moment since the judge decided to summon her that same day as being investigated along with her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro, for the meetings that both had with the commissioner José Villarejo and that he recorded.

Denied before the judge that she was involved in the case

Both Cospedal and López del Hierro, who did appear in the commission, had to testify before the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón and they admitted the meetings with Villarejo, but not having carried out orders or being involved in the espionage of the former treasurer Bárcenas, allegedly designed in 2013 with the means and funds of the Interior to obtain the information that compromised the leadership of the PP and the Government of Mariano Rajoy.

The then leader of the PP also denied that the police officer Andrés Gómez Gordo, what was your head of security when he governed Castilla-La Mancha and is another of the main defendants in the case, I would comment on anything about the operation or the recruitment of Bárcenas’ driver as a confidant.

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The explanations of the former secretary general of the PP convinced the judge, who left her out of the case Unlike what happened with the then Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, or the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martinez, the main investigated.

Specifically, the magistrate filed the case relating to Cospedal and her husband at the find no evidence of his “intellectual involvement” in operation. Regarding his meetings with former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, García-Castellón stressed that “the right of assembly cannot be criminalized”.

Anti-corruption sees “enough evidence of criminality”

Does not share that criterion the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, convinced that there is “sufficient evidence of criminality” to continue investigating both. Among other reasons, because there are 2009 recordings in which they offer Villarejo “specific orders that would be paid for with funds from the PP “.

In any case, this Thursday from 11:00 hours it will be the turn of the deputies of the investigation commission, who will have 15-minute turns asking the questions that they consider the former “popular” leader and former president of Castilla-La Mancha appropriate.

Three days later The commission will listen to Rajoy in the afternoon session from 4:00 p.m.. Then, the groups will have a period to present their conclusions On the 25 sessions you held, most of the testimonies of policemen, high-ranking officials of the ministry and politicians, and trying to agree on an opinion before the end of the year. Predictably and already in 2022, that opinion will be raised to the plenary session of Congress for ratification.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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