Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias, known as Little Nicholas, sits this Tuesday in the dock for the trip he made to Ribadeo (Lugo) in August 2014 allegedly posing as a link between the Government and the Royal House, for which the Prosecutor’s Office asks for him seven years in prison. Section 17 of the Provincial Court of Madrid will celebrate this Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday the judgment to Little Nicolás for the alleged crimes of usurpation of public functions, falsification of an official document and passive bribery.
Next to him will sit on the dock of the accused the corporal of the Municipal Police of Madrid Jorge GH, and the municipal police of Torrijos (Toledo) Carlos PLD, for each of whom the Public Ministry requests five and a half years in prison .
It will be the fourth time that this trial has been tried for the trip to Ribadeo, after a suspension in 2019 due to a change in the lawyer of Little Nicolás because he received pressure, the second due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and the third last month of January by direct contact of covid from one of the lawyers.
The Prosecutor’s Office asks Gómez Iglesias for seven years prison and a fine of 81,000 euros, while the popular accusation exercised by the Madrid Unified Municipal Police Association (APMU) and Podemos calls for 11 years in prison for Gómez Iglesias; the State Bar, 21 months in jail and a fine, and the Madrid City Council claims three and a half years in prison.
The Public Ministry details that at the beginning of August 2014 the Little Nicholas He proposed organizing a meeting with an Asturian businessman -Jorge Cosmen- who he made believe he was a public official, liaison between the Vice Presidency of the Government and the Royal House. And finally, on August 13, the two had lunch together at a restaurant in Ribadeo that, according to the accused, “a very important person from the Royal House would attend,” something that never happened.
To carry out his plan, Gómez Iglesias had previously contacted two municipal police officers, whom he asked to provide him with the police means necessary to impersonate a public position, in exchange for a perk for their services.
For his part, the lawyer for Little Nicolás, Manuel Marchena Perea, son of the Supreme Court magistrate, will defend that the defendant did not commit a crime, according to what he told EFE.
This Tuesday is scheduled to process the preliminary questions, the interrogations of the three accused and the testimony as witnesses of three national policemen. On Wednesday several witnesses will testify, such as businessman Jorge Cosmen and a brigade from the Civil Guard.
Already on Thursday other witnesses will give their testimony, such as the chief inspector of the Municipal Police of Ribadeo, various expert tests will be practiced and the final reports will be known, all before the right to the last word of the accused.
Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias will also sit on the bench again at the end of May -on days 20, 21 and 25- for the alleged plot for which a friend made him selectivity in 2012. The Prosecutor’s Office asks for four years for him in this process and six months in jail. This young man was arrested in October 2014, when he was 20 years old, accused of falsehood, fraud and identity theft for posing as a member of the Government, after which several judicial processes were opened, some already completed, such as the case in which he was accused of libel and slander to the National Intelligence Center, in which he was acquitted.