The Madrid Court definitively shelves the investigation against the officials for the meeting between Ábalos and Delcy Rodríguez in Barajas



The Provincial Court of Madrid has definitively closed the part of the case known as ‘Delcygate’ that was being investigated in the ordinary courts for an alleged crime of prevarication against several officials due to the scale that the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, made at the airport de Barajas on January 19, 2020. The origin of these investigations is in the meeting that the Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, held on that date at the Barajas airport with Rodríguez. In an order, against which there is no recourse, the judges conclude that “there is no prevarication or other criminal conduct” in the facts found.

The “officials or authorities” were investigated for evading the arrest of Rodríguez despite the fact that “his stay and transit through the European area was prohibited” due to sanctions issued by the EU. But last November, the head of the Court of Instruction number 31 of Madrid, archived the investigation considering that there were no indications of a crime, because, according to the regulation that develops the Immigration Law, the international transit zone of a Spanish airport – where Rodríguez was – is not national territory.

That decision was appealed by Vox although Section 17 of the Provincial Court of Madrid, coinciding with the arguments presented at the time by the head of the Court of Instruction number 31 of Madrid, has rejected his appeal. In its resolution, the Hearing includes arguments already presented last February by the Supreme Court regarding the complaint that Vox presented for the same facts against Ábalos and insists that the facts denounced have no “criminal significance.”

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