Enrique García Castaño, head of the Central Operational Support Unit (UCAO) of the National Police between 2007 and 2017, it’s played 87 years in prison for two separate pieces of the Villarejo case that are being tried in the National Court. He is accused of bribery, document falsification, extortion and revealing of secrets in relation to two assignments that Commissioner Villarejo received through his business group, for which he would have had the collaboration of police officials, presumably directed by García Castaño, nicknamed ‘el Gordo’.
A collaboration that commissioner García Castaño has admitted but only in relation to “police operations “. Thus, it has denied having ordered the collection of bank data from BBVA and of another nature for the ‘Iron’ project of the Villarejo case or Tandem case, on the Balder patent office, a private order that Villarejo received in 2013 from the Herrero y Asociados law firm, when he was active in the Police. García Castaño has contradicted what the retired inspector Constancio Riaño alleged the previous day, who appears as the petitioner in the bank of said data and who said that he obeyed the order of his superior, García Castaño.
But, without a doubt, one of the most interesting moments of this Thursday’s session at the National Court was when the prosecutor Miguel Serrano asked García Castaño for the cash income that appears in their accounts in the period in which the judged events occurred, the years 2013 and 2014. They consist 25,600 euros paid in cash from a total of 500,000 euros in eleven and a half years, since 2005.
The commissioner has not been able to clarify by concept of what that money entered periodically in the branch of Banco Santander in the Canillas neighborhood, where the General Information Commissariat is located. “90% of the time my officials would enter the money [en su cuenta bancaria] because I was working in my office. There were 500 euro bills“, explained García Castaño, according to which that money came from funds reserved for operations in which” my life was at stake. ”
The money “comes from reserved funds and compensation” for secret matters, conventional operations that “have been entrusted to me”, he has qualified. “There are two kinds of reserved funds: the normal ones, regulated by the 1995 law that Belloch made. [exminsitro del Interior] to justify everything that was coming to him with the GAL, and other types of funds for special operations that go separately “, García Castaño has abounded on the subject and has given an example:” When he went to France and had to go to pay to a French authority who collaborated with us, he brought cash, and he could buy me a suit, eat, drink. They had to reward me in some way … I was paid that way because I was risking my life. “
“Bonuses?” The prosecutor asked him, while the president of the court, Angela Murillo, tried to close the matter: “He has already answered,” he said. But the representative of the Public Ministry has wanted to deepen by being able to treat of “a diversion of public money “. “We are not going to question that you needed new shoes to go to France,” said the prosecutor, trying to find out if that money entered into the commissioner’s accounts was “a return of public money” that García Castaño anticipated. “Or it was money from the funds in my unit”, the policeman replied, giving an example again: “For example, a foreign delegation came, I paid with my card, I bought a gift for a diplomat’s wife.”
Rental and luxury cars
That is, the Commissioner García Castaño has not been able to clarify If the money deposited in your accounts outside your salary, half a million euros in eleven years, corresponded to bonuses, payments from Villarejo for his alleged collaboration in his private businesses or diversion of reserved funds. He has clarified that part of the 500,000 euros also corresponds to the money he collected as a gift at his wedding. “And I still have some money saved “, he announced at the trial. He has denied receiving cash from Villarejo. “Once I asked him for 5,000 euros to pay the collaborators.”
The prosecutor asked him if in February 2014 He paid 16,000 euros as the annuity corresponding to the rent of his apartment in cash. “Yes, that money was from my salary, my wife’s salary and the bonuses they gave me. I put it in an envelope and had it in the safe in my office. I sent two of my policemen who took the money from the rent and they would bring me a receipt. “
The strange way that García Castaño had to pay the rent of his house was repeated with the purchase of two luxury cars for his wife and for him, Commissioner Villarejo. “I put them in the name of Cenyt – the Villarejo company – well, no, in the name of another company, to save VAT, I saved 15,000 euros,” he explained. For the cars, of the BMW brand, García Castaño has said that he paid 30,000 and 29,000 euros.
The question time of the defense of Commissioner Villarejo has dealt with the career of retired policeman, main accused in the case. García Castaño, who places the beginning of their friendship in 1994, has endorsed his participation in state missions in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Mexico, among other countries.
“Villarejo is a monster that politicians have created “, has said and explained that the commissioner included an active policeman who was allowed to use a business structure for police missions and for private investigations in order to maintain the appearance of an active business structure. Regarding his private clients, García Castaño has said that it is normal for him to have them because if not “how would he pay the rent for his offices in the Picasso Tower”.
“Yor have I had four Villarejos in my unit “He said.” Four active police officers in the police who had their companies, billed, was their cover and their coverage, authorized by the Ministry of the Interior. ”
Regarding the notes that appear in the agendas and other material from Villarejo, García Castaño has qualified: “Some things that Mr. Villarejo wrote are false, such as a meal that he wrote in which he says that I ate with the President of the Government and with his father-in-law; with his father-in-law I have eaten 20 times, but with the president, never “.
Police data trafficking
García Castaño has denied knowing the two Villarejo projects for which he is being processed. “All the times that Villarejo has asked me for information is recorded, for that bad habit that this man has, but for police operations “.” How did you discern if I was asking you for information for a police operation or for your business? “, the prosecutor asked him.” Because he had to explain to me what it was for. If it was the Malaya operation, Astapa … “, the commissioner replied, who said that” if he had doubts “he would ask the Deputy Director of Operations (DAO) if he could give the information. He said that on one occasion the DAO He said there was no open investigation into an issue in Luxembourg, for which Villarejo had asked him for help and “therefore he refused.”
“From Balder [el despacho espiado] He has not asked me for anything, where is the recording. If this man had asked me for something, sure that he would have recorded it for me, “said this commissioner, 27 times decorated, as he explained at the trial, in which he wanted to make it clear that “I found out Balder when the indictment was opened.”
Enrique García Castaño has attacked the inspector Constancio Riaño and points to him as the one who ordered to collect Balder’s bank details. “When Balder’s data is requested from BBVA, Riaño asks for it, what is not normal is to say:” Your friend Enrique is very interested in that. “What was Riaño trying to do? Well, to give him coverage by invoking my name. In the same writing it puts the name of a mother and a daughter, this woman lives in Aldea del Cano (Cáceres), the town of retired inspector Antonio González Pacheco [Billy el Niño]. This deceased inspector, denounced for having inflicted torture during the Transition, ran a private detective agency since he left the Police.
“Sale of information? – The prosecutor asked him – Did you have suspicions that Inspector Riaño was trafficking in information?” “Yes, I warned him twice that he would give an account to the disciplinary regime if he returned to give information to retired commissioners employed in private companies and he told me that he would not do it again,” explained García Castaño.