The judge in the Villarejo case, Manuel García-Castellón, describes the espionage of Luis Bárcenas as a “parapolice operation” ordered from “higher bodies and directors of the General State Administration” aimed at recovering “compromising information for senior leaders of the Popular Party. “. In addition, it ensures that these maneuvers were carried out behind the back of the judicial authority, that is, hiding them from the magistrate who led the investigation into the irregular financing of the Popular Party.
In an order of just two pages, the magistrate lifts the secrecy of the summary and endorses the proposals of the Internal Affairs Unit and the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. “It would be a matter of executing a para-police operation for which higher bodies and / or directors of the General State Administration would be responsible and whose material execution is entrusted to those already investigated in the present case Enrique García Castaño, then head of the UCAO, and José Manuel Villarejo Pérez “, the main investigated in the Tandem case.
“It would consist of the recruitment and manipulation as a collaborator-confidant of the National Police Force of Sergio Javier Ríos Esgueva, at the time the driver of Rosalía Iglesias Villar, wife of Luis Bárcenas, former Treasurer of the Popular Party,” the car reads. The receipts of the 2,000 euros per month that the driver collected for two years appeared at Villarejo’s house and that gave rise to the cause, according to what has transpired.
The objective of the mission, adds the judge, “could apparently be to obtain, through said collaborator, as the most trusted person of the marriage, specific information about the place where Luis Bárcenas and his wife would hide documentary material compromising for senior leaders of the Popular Party, subtracting their knowledge from the judicial authority “of the case of box B.