The exceptionality in which José Manuel Villarejo’s police career developed for four decades lasted during his decade on leave of absence, between 1983 and 1993. elDiario.es He has had access to an unpublished document: the identity card that the Ministry of the Interior issued to Villarejo in July 1984 with a false name and profession despite having left the Police the previous year.
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The National Identity Document also allows to know the image of the policeman in the first half of the eighties, at least the one he used to portray himself in that ID issued by the General Directorate of Security under the name of José Javier Hidalgo Estévez, a lawyer by profession. Villarejo poses in half profile, with dark hair and smoked glass glasses.
Until now, three false identities of Villarejo had transpired, the same ones he had when he retired in the summer of 2016, but none of those three DNIs match the name and number with this that the investigators found in the registry of the commissioner’s attic in the Malaga town of Estepona, valid until 1989.
The ID that shows today elDiario.es It was issued with José Barrionuevo as Minister of the Interior, Rafael Vera as Secretary of State for Security and Rafael del Río as Director General of the Police, since this commissioner served during cases such as the GAL or the disappearance of Nani.
The information that appears in the document is also false: Villarejo was born in 1951, and not in 1949; He is a native of the Cordovan town of El Carpio and not of Badajoz, as stated in the DNI. However, Villarejo plays with some certain data, such as the day of his birth, August 3.
The commissioner assured in a document dated 2016 that in the decade from 1983 to 1993 he collaborated “in a totally disinterested manner” in the investigation of police corruption in Madrid and at the national level in investigations related to “drug trafficking, contraband of gold, diamonds and other precious stones ”, as well as corruption within the Fiscal Service of the Civil Guard related to tobacco smuggling. In addition, Villarejo attributes at that time his infiltration in “independentist journalistic circles” and thus achieving the dismantling of ETA commandos “prepared to attack abroad.”
During those ten years, and being able to use the false identity that the Ministry of the Interior had provided during the government of Felipe González, Villarejo worked as a private detective. He also illuminated the business fabric that made him rich and that after his return to the Police he made available to various investigations, as he defends. In his record, it is stated that in that decade he ran over a pedestrian in 1983 and that he had another traffic accident three years later, although more precise data does not appear in his file.
From that time, his conviction for a montage at the service of the Church of Scientology stands out. Villarejo was convicted of having used a drug addict to lie and implicate in a robbery a painter who had set up a rehabilitation center that Scientology considered to be the competition, according to published Abc on November 18, 1990. The case reached the Constitutional Court, which reversed the sentence and acquitted the policeman. Confirmation of the sentence would have prevented the deputy director of operations at the time, Agustín Linares, from returning to the Corps in 1993.
Manuel Villar, Francisco Hidalgo, José Javier Esteban
Villarejo retired on August 4, 2016 with three false IDs in the name of Manuel Pérez Villar, Francisco Hidalgo Estévez and José Javier Esteban Alonso. The day after his retirement, the Ministry of the Interior removed the three “alleged identities” of the policeman. The case of Villarejo set off the alarms in the Ministry of the Interior when the change in the Government took place and Fernando Grande-Marlaska, ordered to stop the issuance of these DNIs until their regulation was reformed. At that time, Interior had around 900 false identities operational.
The identity in the name of Francisco Hidalgo had expired on January 20, 2016, but Villarejo did not return it until the moment of his retirement, eight months later. Regarding José Javier Esteban’s, the commissioner told his superiors that he had lost it, but the ID with a false identity appeared in the registry of his home in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) on the day of his arrest.
Until the instruction issued in 2018, the false identities were ruled by another from 1997 that Villarejo repeatedly breached. “These DNI – said the instruction of the Government of Aznar – will be granted with absolutely restricted character and exclusively for concrete and determined services, in which the disclosure of the true identity could endanger their physical integrity and the course of the investigations, leaving its use for non-service purposes is totally prohibited “, it read in its third point.
Villarejo used the identity of Manuel Pérez Villar to try to collect the testimony of Javier de la Rosa in the Pujol case in full operation Catalunya and his partner, Rafael Redondo, also accused in the Tandem case, used a card issued to Villarejo in the name of José Javier Hidalgo in one of the millionaire commissions to Cenyt, the company of both, for whose preparation the policeman used his status as a public official, as published Vozpopuli.