The head of the Court of Instruction number 7 of Zaragoza, Rafael Lasala, has summoned the former head of the Foreign Affairs Cabinet, Camilo Villarino, to testify as accused for the entry into Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali. The date of the statement, which has been requested by the attorney for the private prosecution, Antonio Urdiales, is September 1.
The leader of the Polisario Front leaves Spain after declaring in the National Court
Brahim Ghali arrived on April 18 in an Algerian plane to the Zaragoza Air Base, without passing border controls or documentation, from where he left in an ambulance to the San Pedro de Logroño Hospital, entering the health center under the name of Mohamed Benbatouche. On June 2, he left the country from Pamplona.
Urdiales wishes that the circumstances of the entry and exit of Ghali be clarified, if there has been a possible cover-up or prevarication, and has indicated to Europa Press that the Polisario leader, according to a report by the chief colonel of the Civil Guard of Navarra, to his Leaving Spain went through the authorities room at Noain Airport, which would mean having received special treatment that did not correspond to him and, again, without controls.
In an order by Judge Lasala, dated August 9, the same September 1, the Lieutenant General and Second Chief of the Air Staff, Francisco Javier Fernández Sánchez, is cited as a witness. He is not called as being investigated because, according to the head of Examining Court number 7, “there is no evidence that he knew that the person who arrived in Spain had or did not have a diplomatic passport or was exempt for any reason from passport and customs control. “.
The head of the office of the president of La Rioja, Eliseo Sastre, will also appear as a witness, on a date yet to be determined. The prosecution has also requested that the technical secretary general in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, José María Muriel Palomino, come to give a statement.