The General Council of the Judiciary decides tomorrow if Manuel García Castellón continues two more years at the head of the Central Court of Instruction number 6 of the National High Court, as is the wish of the magistrate, who will soon be 70 years old. The response of the permanent commission of the CGPJ will be affirmative if the request does not incur a formal defect, sources from the Judicial Power inform.
The request for an extension of his career comes in the full effort of García Castellón to continue with his secret investigation into Podemos, opened as of a pseudo-report of the PP political brigade of 2016 and revitalized more recently by the statements of former Chavista general Hugo Carvajal, 'El Pollo', in his attempt to avoid extradition to the United States, according to the assessment made by the Criminal Chamber of the National Court. The Judiciary that will adopt this decision is on its way to fulfilling four years with expired mandate.
As was the case with his attempt to charge Pablo Iglesias in the Dina case, when the politician was Vice President of the Government, García Castellón once again faces the Criminal Chamber and the Prosecutor's Office for his secret case for the alleged financing of Podemos, this time with Juan Carlos Monedero as the protagonist. In the case of Iglesias, the last blow to Judge García Castellón came from the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, by rejecting the arguments of the reasoned statement with which the judge tried to charge the second vice president.
In the case of the alleged financing of Podemos by Venezuela, the Prosecutor's Office appealed the investigation by García Castellón and his assistant, Joaquín Gadea, for "prospective" and the Criminal Chamber agreed with the Public Ministry. In a harsh letter, the Public Ministry had to remind the magistrates of the Investigating Court number 6 that the crime of irregular financing did not even exist when the events they support occurred.
The judges of the superior instance annulled practically all of García Castellón's investigation but left a loophole open, the possibility of verifying the affirmations, without support until now, of 'Pollo' Carvajal. And that is where García Castellón has returned to try to build the "prospective" case against Podemos, as described by the National Court Prosecutor's Office.
The Public Ministry had recently requested the file of the case after the order of the Criminal Chamber, but García Castellón has taken advantage of the meantime to request new proceedings from the UDEF in order to track the accounts of the founders of Podemos, according to Okdiario. The Prosecutor's Office has responded by appealing directly to the Criminal Chamber, that is, without giving García Castellón the opportunity to reconsider his position.
The decision this Thursday of the CGPJ will also come while the judge decides to transfer to the parties a brief presented three weeks ago by the popular accusation that the PSOE exercises in the Kitchen case. The Socialists want the case against María Dolores de Cospedal to be reopened after the last known audios between her being the general secretary of the PP and the alleged head of a criminal organization, José Manuel Villarejo.
The PSOE brief focuses on the knowledge of María Dolores de Cospedal, that accredit the recordings published by El País and Informed Sourcesabout the parapolice operation to sabotage the judicial investigation of the irregular financing of the Popular Party, including the comments about the "little book" by the then number two of the PP, alluding to Bárcenas's papers or notes from the box b.
The request of the socialists will force the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office and the rest of the parties to take a position, since García Castellón will then reconsider his decision to file the case against Cospedal with the argument that his meetings with Villarejo were of a “social” nature.
That decision to close the investigation on July 29, 2021 caused the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor to refer to the judge's decision to limit the responsibilities of espionage to Bárcenas to the Ministry of the Interior of Jorge Fernández Díaz. "As if he had established a cord or an unacceptable red line that could not be crossed," the prosecutors assured, alluding to the judge's refusal to investigate the possible involvement of the PP leadership.
Last Tuesday, Acijur (Association of Legal Communicators) awarded García Castellón the 'Puñetas de plata' award for having investigated cases of "enormous relevance", both "political and economic" with "professionalism and impartiality, regardless of the ideology or economic power of those under investigation". According to The reason reportedGarcía Castellón stated in his acceptance speech: "When independence is attacked, a judge is not being attacked, but rather society, which is going to find out how their independence affects themselves".