The Belgian police places Carlos Bautista Samaniego, prosecutor of the National High Court, as suspect in the alleged espionage case against Carles Puigdemont, according to the report ACN. The Catalan news agency says that Bautista, one of the leading experts in euroordenes, is considered a suspect by the police for having been at the end of January 2018 in a hotel in Brussels, considered key in the alleged espionage operation.
The collaborators accompanying the expresident Catalan in Belgium denounced in 2018 before the Belgian police the placement of a GPS that, they suspected, had been installed by the Spanish intelligence services in the vehicle used by Puigdemont in Belgium. The Belgian judge refused last March to carry out several proceedings on the alleged espionage denounced by the expresident, a refusal that Puigdemont has appealed.
The Belgian police defend that the public prosecutor of the National Audience was in Brussels, in the mentioned hotel and during the same week in which the Belgian police thinks that they began the follow-ups to Puigdemont, according to the ACN. The Belgian Police also points out as "persons of interest" a Spanish businessman, a man related to the Ministry of Justice and three computer scientists.
The Belgian agents place Samaniego at the end of January 2018 in a hotel in Brussels that they consider key in the espionage operation to Puigdemont following a call from one of the British SIM cards related to the tracking device. The Spanish prosecutor was in the Belgian capital, at the hotel and during the week that the police believe he began monitoring the 'expresident', according to the same police sources cited by the ACN.
On Sunday, January 28, the prosecutor Carlos Bautista Samaniego had a room reserved until the 31st in a downtown hotel in Brussels. After months of work, the Belgian police assumed that the stay could be related to the espionage operation discovered on February 7. That day one of the Mossos that accompanied Puigdemont detected a beacon on the rear bumper of the Renault Espace that used the expresident. Hours later a second beacon was found inside the engine of another of the cars that transported Puigdemont.
Asked about the Belgian investigations that point to a prosecutor of the National Court, sources of the Prosecutor's Office of the National Court have indicated to the Catalan agency that they do not know "anything" and deny "exhaustively" any "irregular action".