The statement of José Manuel Villarejo in the first trial of the case against him has faithfully followed the script of the defense of the retired commissioner. The main defendant has presented himself as a State servant who was limited to carrying out orders from the authorities from the position of an undercover agent, until he was the victim of a plot by the National Intelligence Center that has led him to the bench with manipulated recordings and reports. false. Villarejo has peppered his speech, as is customary, with a string of names of important knowledgeable personalities and / or supporters of his professional activity, with special mention today to the former President of the Government Felipe González.
Villarejo's intervention gives ammunition to defenses in corruption causes
The judicial day has been a compendium of the aforementioned strategy. Before his statement, the court announced that it rejects the challenge of one of its magistrates, Fermín Echarri, the last of the delaying maneuvers with which the commissioner intended to further delay the hearing. Villarejo had asked to remove Echarri, alluding to his relationship with the judge while he was in charge of an investigating court in Madrid that dealt with the case of the Lebanese millionaire Abdum Rahman El Assir El Kassab, a friend of Juan Carlos I. According to the version of Villarejo, was charged with preventing the investigated from revealing information about the sale of cluster bombs by Spain to third countries. The court has judged the petition as "extemporaneous" and has denied that it has any connection with the facts studied in this process. Villarejo faces in this first trial to 109 years in prison for the pieces called 'Painter', 'Land' and 'Iron'.
One of these pieces, 'Land', alludes to the commission of a jet family in relation to a business conflict between its members, owners of the luxurious La Finca urbanization, in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). Villarejo would have prepared a dossier with confidential information and would have charged a significant sum for it despite being a state security official. This morning, at the headquarters that the National Court has in the town of San Fernando de Henares, the commissioner made this work happen on a commission from Felipe González. According to Villarejo, a friend of the former president, Jesús Barderas, asked him in 2013 on behalf of the former chief executive to help Susana, daughter Luis García Cereceda, who had already died and a friend of González. "The president is very interested in you helping his friend's daughter," Barderas reportedly told him, according to Villarejo.
Today was the first time that Villarejo publicly confronted the prosecutor in the Miguel Serrano case, who has been in the investigation since its inception and requested the provisional imprisonment of the policeman, among other measures. The commissioner peppered his intervention with more or less veiled attacks on the prosecutor, who he decided to ignore at all times. At the beginning of the interrogation, the president of the court, Angela Murillo, intervened. The prosecutor asked that the accused refer to him "in abstract terms", as a representative of the Public Ministry, and not by name. Villarejo complained and Murillo released him: "Mr. Villarejo, let's see: piano." He then agreed with the prosecutor: "He is an institution." "And I am not, Your Honor? I have been, I am, a commissioner."
Miguel Serrano focused his interrogation on demonstrating that Villarejo was a civil servant while he accepted the private commissions for which he is being tried, that he consulted confidential databases to prepare the reports that he later sold and that his clients knew that he was a police officer because he himself presumed about it. , as recorded in recordings incorporated into the case. This aspect is essential to be able to prove the crime of bribery of a public official.
The police officer said that the comments he might make to his clients were mere "marketing techniques." "It is about exaggerating a little the importance of the work that is done. It is the same method of their fellow prosecutors or judges when they go to the offices and collect those important minutes," added the defendant. Regardless of the official orders, Villarejo defended at all times that his companies operated with authorization from the Ministry of the Interior and that he invoiced and paid taxes. If their prices were high, the reason was the reputation they had, proof of this is, as he said, the number of Ibex companies that have been or are charged with the cause. The price was marked by him: "I looked into infinity, it inspired me and said: 'so much'. sui generis, very personal".
On several occasions, Villarejo has refused to answer the prosecutor's questions that alluded to recordings made by himself on the grounds that they were "manipulated." On other occasions, the defendant has insisted that he could answer the question if he were given access to his diaries, which he denies happened. In addition to Felipe González, he has alluded to another Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, when expressing his conviction that he knew the report on the compatibility of his private jobs with his destination in the Ministry of the Interior that Jorge Fernández Díaz commissioned. The Government of González has returned to point out Juan Alberto Belloch and Margarita Robles as the members of that Executive who commissioned him to investigate Baltasar Garzón and another of the defendants in this trial, Commissioner Enrique García Castaño, in the first half of the nineties to counter the ex-judge's inquiries about the GAL. The trial will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, and the prosecutor will continue the interrogation.