The reopening of the piece of the Villarejo case than points to alleged crimes of Juan Carlos I, and in which the judge has called Corinna Larsen to declare as investigated, has motivated Izquierda Unida, the PCE and the FAI-RAD lawyers’ association to demand that the Supreme Court reconsider the complaint they filed against the king emeritus in December 2018 and that it was inadmissible precisely based on the dismissal of the case followed by judge Manuel García-Castellón.
The scandals of Juan Carlos I put to the test the bipartisan pact to secure Felipe VI
The new revelations provided by the Swiss justice system, a country that is also partially investigating the same events, as well as the content of some police reports from two months ago, analyzing the material seized from ex-commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, today in provisional prison, have led to the reopening of the case. García Castellón has named Corinna Larsen, Villarejo, his partner Rafael Redondo and former President of Telefónica Juan Villalonga as investigated on 7 and 8 September.
But the National High Court is not competent to investigate Juan Carlos de Borbón, appraised by his status as king emeritus before the Supreme. That was the reason why the plaintiffs addressed the High Court in 2018. And why they do it again now. The complaint, which was filed coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution, pointed to the exrey by membership in criminal organization and six other crimes: bribery, crime against the Public Treasury, unfair administration, fraud, influence peddling, and for activities and negotiations prohibited to public officials.
In the brief, to which the Diario.es had access, the plaintiffs recall that the only reason that the Supreme Court used to file their complaint was that the Court had dismissed the case without raising any possible indications against the father of Felipe VI that could have been be detected in the instruction. “The facts have already been investigated and the criminal process has been closed,” said judge Manuel Marchena in his inadmissibility brief.
But from then until today, the defendants say, the situation is not the same. Not only because the National Court has reopened the case, but also because of the documentation sent by the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office, where a judge investigates the alleged commissions charged by the King Emeritus in the construction of the AVE in Saudi Arabia.
In this sense, the document recalls, “the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has forwarded to the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office, after various contacts with the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office, the file of the investigation proceedings 38/2018 initiated by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the irregular funds that SM Juan Carlos de Borbón would have had deposited in Switzerland and related to the payments made by Saudi Arabia “.
The defendants assure that “despite the progress of the investigations and the body of evidence and evidence gathered, no criminal action has yet been filed by the prosecution, however, the limitation periods for possible crimes committed have run.” The inviolability and irresponsibility of the king prevents any investigation prior to June 2014, when he abdicated in favor of his son, Felipe VI. But what happened next does not escape Justice, in theory. It is simply subject to the appraisal that the emeritus king has in the Supreme. And the same prescription criteria apply to research as to the rest.