He considers that the retired commissioner “greased officials to get” privileged information
MADRID, Sep. 5 (.) –
The Prosecutor’s Office has concluded this Monday during the resumption of the trial that is being carried out in the National High Court for three pieces of the ‘Tándem’ macro-cause that although the retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo could have been “consented” by his superiors, he committed a crime by acting as ” private police” for their clients.
This is how the prosecutor Miguel Serrano has expressed himself during the extensive exposition of the final report of the Public Ministry, in which together with the prosecutor Cesar de Rivas they have focused on CENYT, the business group through which Villarejo would have carried out the private commissions that he undertook using his position as an official of the National Police Corps. In the oral hearing, specifically, three separate pieces corresponding to two commissions are aired: ‘Iron’, ‘Land’ and ‘Pintor’.
In this session, the first since last July, Serrano has exposed the strategy allegedly used by the retired commissioner, who “greased officials to get” the “investigative data” that his clients requested in each of the aforementioned jobs .
During his speech, the prosecutor wanted to make it clear that the clients who came to CENYT could only hire its services knowing that Villarejo was behind the company. What was offered, he has pointed out, was a kind of “private police” that was in charge of obtaining the information that the contracting parties “demanded from their supplier”.
In this regard, Serrano has dismantled Villarejo’s thesis, which claimed that he was acting as an undercover agent. “If he acts in a reserved manner, how can he be permanently linked to the National Police Force? For one elementary thing, he sells his product, he is doing marketing,” he pointed out.
According to the prosecutor, when ‘La Finca’ or Herrero y Asociados decided to rely on CENYT’s services, they did so knowing that their main person in charge was Villarejo, who at that time was an active commissioner who carried out “police intelligence functions in matters especially relevant”.
“VILLAREJO IN ITS PURE STATE”
The prosecutor has pointed out that what the retired commissioner did was to prioritize his economic ambition over his “police function”, as was revealed “in such a screeching and disgusting way” in the “criminal pact” that Villarejo had with the former head of the Central Operational Support Unit (UCAO) Enrique García Castaño.
“The permanent profit motive of the police agent above his condition. Villarejo in its purest form, permanent confusion, the game of mirrors. A person wrapped under the flag of the patriot and under coarse, homophobic, macho and slightly gothic language that hides the corrupt police officer,” criticized the prosecutor.
In this context, Serrano has insisted that this was the CENYT that the clients contracted, and in which “the absolute factotum” was Villarejo. It was not, as the retired commissioner himself maintained, a “competitive company in the market” that could be compared with other consulting or information businesses.
“A notable element is the absolute absence of a personal and organizational structure that makes it a competitive company in the market to attract clients or to develop the services they perform for clients on their own,” explained the prosecutor, who pointed out that the Villarejo himself recognized that the only consultant with experience in the company was himself.
THE POLICE MEDIA, AT THE SERVICE OF ITS CUSTOMERS
“Where is that specialized flashy team that could meet with clients as people who do the field work? Where are the sophisticated means that were offered to clients?”, the prosecutor has asked. “They exist, of course they exist. They are the means of the Police put at the service of the clients”, he has answered.
Thus, the prosecutor has denied that CENYT was used as a cover for the operations that Villarejo carried out as a police officer. “Not at all. Whether he works or not, which we have never questioned, for the intelligence services, the truth is that he used that knowledge in parallel to profit from those same clients,” he added.
At CENYT, where “not a single decision was made that did not go through the Villarejo filter”, his partner Rafael Redondo acted as “a company lawyer responsible for all areas”. “If it is that, that we question it, one could speak of areas. CENYT is spoken of as a business structure with a network of fiscal and legal administration personnel when everything passes A for Villarejo or B for Rafael Redondo”, the prosecutor clarified.
The representative of the Public Ministry has also clarified that “it is not about proving” that Villarejo was authorized to carry out these private orders. “How are they going to authorize him to carry out this absolutely incompatible activity because it is symmetrical to the one he develops? What he is doing is perhaps consented to,” he maintained.
In this regard, Serrano has recalled that even if those responsible in the DAO were aware of and even consented to these activities, that would never serve to exonerate Villarejo himself.
The oral trial will resume this Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. with the final report of the Public Ministry. Prosecutor César de Rivas will focus himself, as he has explained, on the pieces ‘Iron’ and ‘Pintor’ after having aired what is related to ‘Land’.