Cospedal’s shift in the Kitchen committee

The commission that investigates in Congress the alleged para-police plot to spy on the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas enters its final section with the turn of the former secretary general of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal after the judge decided to leave her out of the judicial case of the Kitchen case.

Cospedal goes to Congress this Thursday half a year after her first summons, the one that was suspended at the last minute because the judge decided to impute her that same day along with her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro, for the meetings they both held with Commissioner José Villarejo and that he recorded.

Both Cospedal and López del Hierro had to testify before the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón, before whom they admitted the meetings with Villarejo, but not having carried out orders or being involved in the espionage of the ex-treasurer Bárcenas allegedly designed in 2013 with media and Interior funds to get hold of 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, who was his head of security when he governed Castilla-La Mancha and is another of the main defendants in the case, told him anything about the operation or the recruitment of the driver of Bárcenas as a confidant.

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 Fernández Díaz, or the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, both of whom were prosecuted.

In other words, the judge circumscribes possible criminal responsibilities to the Ministry of the Interior, since he considers that meeting with Villarejo is not a crime and that is the only thing that, in his opinion, can be attributed to Cospedal and López del Hierro.

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

In any case, this Thursday it will be the turn of the deputies of the investigation commission, who will have turns of fifteen minutes to ask the questions they consider appropriate to the former ‘popular’ leader and former president of Castilla-La Mancha.

It will be the penultimate of the appearances that will close with the summons next Monday of former president Mariano Rajoy.

The groups will have a deadline to present their conclusions on the 25 sessions held, the majority of testimonies from police officers, high-ranking officials of the ministry and politicians, and try 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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