The former president of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, has affirmed that no court has accredited the existence of a ‘box b’ in the PP, has denied all credibility to his former treasurer Luis Barcenas and the retired commissioner Jose Manuel Villarejo and has defended the innocence of his former Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, main defendant in the ‘Kitchen case’.
Rajoy has appeared before the commission of the Congress of Deputies that investigates the operation supposedly hatched by the Ministry of the Interior to spy on Bárcenas and steal evidence that could implicate PP leaders in corruption schemes.
In response to the socialist spokesman, Felipe Sicilia, Rajoy has said that he has a “magnificent” opinion of the former Secretary of State for Security Francisco Martínez, he has once again denied that he has ever seen Villarejo or that he has contacted him and has commented that the former secretary general of the party Maria Dolores de Cospedal He never told him that he had received the former commissioner in his office at the ‘Genova’ headquarters.
“I do not know Mr. Villarejo and I am not even aware of having seen him anywhere, therefore, I never met him, I never spoke to him -either directly or indirectly-, I am not aware that he has sent me any message and I have never answered him in my life to a message “, has summarized Rajoy before the first question about the commissioner.
In the framework of his speech, the former president has also highlighted that He has “never” known of the existence of the so-called ‘Operation Kitchen’. “Therefore, I have not given any instructions,” he specified.
After recalling that Villarejo has given different versions of whether or not they knew each other and whether or not they had spoken to each other, the former president has said on several occasions that both the commissioner and Bárcenas do not deserve “any credibility.”
In this context, it has made it clear that both hold what they deem appropriate, “they point out who suits them” and can “lie” in the exercise of their right to defense.
Asked if he believes in the innocence of Fernández Díaz and if he sees him capable of having organized an operation like the ‘Kitchen’, Rajoy has indicated that he does not believe that “he has mounted any device” because “there is no court ruling that say “and you have recalled that the presumption of innocence is maintained, unless it is” broken “by a” firm “judicial decision.
In addition, Rajoy has insisted that the PP has not been condemned for the existence of “no box b”, in the case of computers, or for the collection of bonuses. In this context, he stressed that he had no “knowledge” of any parallel accounting “and no court has said so”. “Neither I nor anyone from the PP,” he added.
The former ‘popular’ leader has admitted that “indeed” Bárcenas was “condemned”, but it has affected that no court has “affirmed” the existence of a ‘box b’ but only that “the treasurer, at a certain moment, paid with money ‘b’ some amounts for a work” and that the PP has only He has been convicted as a profit-sharing participant, a figure who, as he has underlined, “demands that the convicted person be completely unaware of that fact.”
Rajoy’s appearance in Congress has generated great expectation: around thirty journalists have waited for him at the doors of the Chamber, to which he has acceded accompanied by the PP spokesperson, Cuca Gamarra, and other representatives of the party like Ana Pastor.