The goings-on of the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo reached the PP and the leadership of the Interior, passing through judges and prosecutors. But things didn’t always go the way he planned. That happened with the complaint of Victoria Álvarez, former partner of the eldest son of the former president of the Generalitat Jordi Pujol, in which he said that he had accompanied him to Andorra with cash in plastic bags: the judge of the National High Court Pablo Ruz did not admit it for processing.
The setback to what was orchestrated by Villarejo with the then Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, in person to open this investigation and another that did not bear fruit in relation to the former Catalan president Arthur More and his alleged accounts abroad, is evidenced in the note of the retired commissioner of December 28, 2012.
In it he writes that who was then chief of staff of minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, Francis Martinezis “very disappointed in Ruth’s resolution [grafía con la que Villarejo identifica al magistrado que entonces ocupaba el Juzgado Central de Instrucción número 5] not accept the complaint“.
The disappointment responds to the fact that Villarejo had done everything in his power to make the initiative come to fruition. That is why in his diary on December 17 he writes: “NA meeting [en referencia a la Audiencia Nacional]data pending” and “Salinas [por el entonces jefe de Anticorrupción, Antonio Salinas] will take care of the matter. Touch received from the attorney general [Eduardo Torres-Dulce]. Pending the subject, notify you with news “.
The problem is that the complaint falls on the Central Court of Instruction number 5, which Pablo Ruz was then in charge of. In the audio advanced by The country Y Informed Sources Fernández Díaz is heard saying that “Ruz is not the best“, which was corroborated by the then number two of the police, Eugenio Pinowho has become the first condemned for these police practices that are at least questionable, for trying to introduce a ‘pen drive’ of dubious origin in the Pujol case.
Return to the National High Court
After being rejected by Ruz, Victoria Álvarez’s complaint fell to an ordinary court in Madrid, located in Madrid’s Plaza de Castilla, where Villarejo traveled to meet as an alleged undercover agent with the then dean of Madrid judges, Jose Luis Gonzalez Armengol. But the Criminal Chamber of the National High Court forced Judge Ruz to investigate the facts.
In an entry on January 12, Martínez commented to Villarejo, as reflected in a note in which the words “Salinas” and “judge” appear, “sloppy investigation (according to the prosecutor)”. And on January 31, 2013 he informed her of the alleged pressure exerted by the now Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, on Ruz. He told her, as reflected in the agenda, that in a few months he would leave the National High Court, because as he was not incumbent he could not remain in charge of the central court for more than six years.
trusted police officers
Ruz did not leave the National Court until April 16, 2015, which allowed him separate the promoters of the ‘Project Barna’ u ‘Operation Catalonia‘ and investigate the Pujol case with his trusted policewith whom he also managed to complete his investigation of the first period of the Gürtel case, for which the PP was condemned as a lucrative participant in the plot led by Francisco Correa and which led to the motion of censure that ended the Government of Mariano Rajoy .
The judge who replaced Ruz at the head of the Central Court of Instruction number 5, Jose de la Mata, he also suspected certain police officers and removed the ‘flash drive with account information of the eldest son of the Pujol-Ferrusola family who was given to him. He referred the proceedings to the courts of Plaza de Castilla, where a procedure was opened, which is what has ended with Pino’s conviction.
From Anticorruption this newspaper is assured that all the reports without consistency that this police of the Government of Rajoy presented to him were rejected. As a sample button, the indictment against the Pujol family, in which 9 years are requested for the former president and 29 for his eldest son, and Victoria Álvarez is not among the two hundred witnesses requested by the public prosecution for the trial.