The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, has presented a complaint for crimes of libel and slander against Diego Camacho López-Escobar, a retired infantry colonel, for linking him to drug trafficking and terrorism in an opinion article and two interventions disseminated through from YouTube. The retired military officer also highlighted the danger to national security posed by the presence of Iglesias in the Government and accused the leader of Podemos of having received funding from Venezuela and Iran, as described in the brief from his legal representation.
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Camacho made these assessments in an article published on the website elcorreodeespana.com and in two interviews broadcast on YouTube. The first of them, in a program of ‘El Club de los Fridays’, an association that defines itself as “liberal” but that has been openly against the rights of the LGTBI collective and has denied the existence of gender violence ; and the second in ‘Here the voice of Europe’, a broadcast linked to the far-right party National Democracy.
“What has been confirmed is Mr. Iglesias’s connection with drug trafficking in Venezuela, with financing from Venezuela, with financing from Iran. There is a vice president in Spain who has been in the pay of two foreign powers (…). The national security of Spain is in danger. Because there is a vice president who has access to a series of information and it is not known who he works for ”, he said in the program of ‘El Club de los Ángeles’, on May 30, 2020, according to the text of the complaint.
The second intervention, in ‘Here the voice of Europe’, which took place on July 13, 2020, resulted in the danger to national security posed by Iglesias, both because of his presence in the Government and because of his alleged relationship with which was his assistant in the European Parliament, Dina Bousselham, whom he linked with the Moroccan intelligence service. “What seriously affects national security is not what may be sexual or sentimental or romantic in that relationship, or political, but those ties of Dina Bousselham with her country of origin and the classified information to which she has access Pablo Iglesias ”, he affirmed.
All these considerations had been previously made in the article on elcorreodeespana.com, published on May 15, 2020, in which he assured that “the links with drug trafficking, terrorism and the Moroccan interests of a member of the Council of Ministers seriously affect national security and negatively affect the efficiency and image of the Ministry of Defense and the CNI, institutions in charge of protecting it ”.
Military and former member of CESID
In the complaint, the legal representation of Iglesias maintains that these statements do not constitute “a criticism of his political performance or as a member of the Government”, but rather that the vice president is accused of “working for foreign powers (which would constitute a crime of treason ), of providing classified information to third countries, either in a fraudulent or reckless manner (crime of revealing secrets related to national defense), of having links with drug trafficking, international terrorism and money laundering ”. His lawyers maintain that the colonel’s statements “not only damage his honor and personal and political image, but also as a member of the Government.”
The legal representation of the vice president denounces that “there can be no more serious attack on the moral integrity of a ruler than to affirm that he works for foreign powers.” And it highlights the fact that the author of these statements is a military man and a former member of the CESID, which gives him “an aura of ethics and credibility that makes it possible to presume that his statements are true.” The complaint also highlights that these assertions have been made publicly and have had a “very important dissemination.”
In the complainant’s opinion, the two elements that the doctrine has considered to consider that there is a crime of slander are met: the imputation of facts that present criminal characteristics and that the accusation is concrete and final, without “generic, vague or analogical attributions” . According to the brief, the facts that the defendant imputes to Iglesias are framed in the following crimes: complicity or cooperation with crimes of drug trafficking, money laundering, collaboration with a terrorist organization, treason crimes, against national peace and independence and discovery and disclosure of secrets and information related to national defense.
Iglesias’ lawyers deny, therefore, that these statements are protected by the fundamental rights to freedom of expression or information because, in their opinion, they do not meet the requirement of proportionality that is required for these rights to prevail over the right to honor. . “The expressions that it uses are objectively vexatious insofar as they suppose the attribution of despicable crimes and do not contain any criticism of the political activity or the government management of Mr. Iglesias,” the letter defends.