Editorial | Villarejo’s credibility

Faithful to the usual strategy of confusion on which he bases his defense, on the multiple fronts that he has open with justice, the former commissioner Jose Manuel Villarejo took advantage of his appearance before the National High Court that judges him for three of his contracts to spy on rivals and the competition of his clients to hold responsible for the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks from August 2017 to former director of the CNI Félix Sanz Roldán, the person Villarejo points out for his problems with the law. «Despite being retired, I have continued to work with the CNI until the day they arrested me. I was recording with them to try to fix the mess of the attack on the imam of Ripoll, which in the end was a mistake by Sanz Roldán for miscalculating things to give Catalonia a little scare, “said Villarejo, needless to say that without providing any evidence. After 24 hours, Villarejo has added even more confusion by blurring his accusation by adding references to 11-M, Venezuela and 23-F.

The words of the former commissioner have generated a huge stir. The ‘president’ of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and the President of Parliament, Laura Borràs, have commissioned their respective legal services if it is possible to act legally after Villarejo’s statement. ERC and Junts again requested a investigation commission about the attacks. In social networks and other spheres, the independence movement took Villarejo’s words as proof that the conspiracy theories about the 17-A attacks Are true.

It is worth remembering some facts. Abdelbaki Es Satty, the imam of Ripoll instigator of the jihadist cell, had contacts with the CNI in 2014, when he was serving a sentence in Castellón. After leaving prison, he was not repatriated, but settled in Ripoll, where he spread his hate speech and recruited the young people who eventually became the 17-A terrorists. The sentence of the trial of the attacks does not mention at any time the CNI or allude to the possible links of the Spanish secret services with the imam of Ripoll, despite the fact that during the process some accusations tried to do so. Therefore, some questions that were raised not only from the pro-independence sphere, but also from relatives of victims, were not answered, about what was Es Satty’s relationship with the espionage services and Spanish anti-terrorists. That in the investigation of the attacks misgivings abounded and the lack of coordination between the police forces does not help to generate confidence in the investigation. The political climate in the Catalonia of the ‘procés’ did (still does today) the rest to pay the distrust of an important part of the Catalan citizenry.

Villarejo does not answer these questions. His words can only be understood in his defense strategy and in his confrontation with Sanz Roldán and, as in other cases in which he is involved, his credibility must be supported by evidence to be taken into consideration. However, before a character with the characteristics of Villarejo there is no room for ambiguity or opportunism. Your words should be worth the same (much or nothing) regardless of whether they support or weaken a certain political position. What is not acceptable is to break one’s clothes depending on what Villarejo’s accusations and look the other way or directly dismiss as lies from the state sewers according to what others The former commissioner’s credibility cannot depend on which way the political wind blows.

That would be giving a power that he does not deserve in a democratic society to what, apparently, was for years the great plumber of the State sewers.


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