The Ministry of the Interior has taken out the 15 prisoners of the cards black -Between those who are Rodrigo Rato- of the so-called Internal File of Special Monitoring (FIES), in which He included them on December 21 to reinforce prison control over them. The decision, confirmed to EL PAÍS by sources of the Department of Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, was taken on February 1 after the lawyers of the inmates appealed the resolution before the head of the Central Court of Prison Surveillance, José Luis de Castro , and this requires a report from the Penitentiary Institutions, according to legal sources. Ministry sources justify the change of criteria in that "it has been considered that there is no need to continue in the file."
The Special Follow-Up Internship File, currently divided into five groups, was created in 1991 to increase control over ETA inmates, although it was extended to other inmates considered dangerous, and even to those entering prison. for his refusal to comply with the then mandatory military service. Those condemned by the black They were included in the "Special Features of the FIES-5", to which those sentenced for crimes "related to corruption that have generated great social alarm" are assigned, as well as to sexual aggressors, repentant criminals who collaborate with the justice system and those inmates who , without having been implicated in terrorist activities, they have radicalized in prison.
In this file all the information "criminal, procedural and penitentiary" of the inmate is stored, including the incidents that he has carried out and his "communications with the outside world", including those that he makes with lawyers. Any new developments that occur during their confinement-exit permits, visits to the hospital or their participation in prison activities-must be noted "on the same day it occurs", according to the internal prison instruction of 2011 that regulates the operation of the FIES.
Interior assures that since the 15 black prisoners were included among the "special follow-up" inmates, none of the reinforced control measures that prison regulations allow for inmates included in the file had been applied to them. And they insist that their inclusion in the FIES had as its only objective "to have a quick access to the information and news that occurred about these inmates".
The defenses then qualified the decision as "unjustified", since "the law requires that the crime committed be serious", and considered that this circumstance was not given. They also ruled out that there was social alarm, another requirement. In addition, they reported that the brief with which the prisoners were informed of their inclusion in the FIES did not specify the reasons for that decision.
At present, the 15 convicts are divided between the Madrid jails of Navalcarnero and Soto del Real. In the first are unionists Antonio del Rey, Rodolfo Benito (both of CC OO) and Miguel Ángel Abejón (UGT); the ex-advisors of Caja Madrid for the PSOE José María de la Riva, Jorge Gómez Moreno, Francisco Pérez Fernández and Antonio Romero, and the PP Javier de Miguel Sánchez. In the second are former Vice President Rodrigo Rato; the one that was Secretary of State Estanislao Rodríguez-Ponga, Gonzalo Martín Pascual (UGT), Ángel Eugenio Gómez del Pulgar (PSOE), Francisco Baquero (CC OO), José Antonio Moral Santín and Rubén Cruz (these last two of IU).
The addresses of both prisons opted from the first moment to detain all of them in respect modules of each of the two prisons. These are spaces destined to welcome those convicts who have low sentences, as well as prisoners with little conflict or who, due to their good behavior, have achieved a work destination within the prison. The inmates must comply with rules of coexistence, distribute tasks and self-manage conflicts that arise. The seven who are in Soto share a module with the seven leaders of the Catalan independence movement who are being tried in the Supreme Court, in addition to three convicted by the Gürtel case, among them Luis Bárcenas.