It is based on new broadcast audios, and requests that if they are not cited, testimony against both is deducted for false testimony.
MADRID, Sep. 3 (.) –
The retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, who is being tried for three parts of the ‘Tándem’ case in the National High Court, has asked the court to summon again the former deputy operational director of the Police, Agustín Linares; the former head of the Central Operative Unit of the Civil Guard (UCO), Manuel Sánchez Corbí; and the former head of the Internal Affairs Unit, Francisco Javier Miguelañez, after some audios were published in a digital medium that would dismantle his testimonials at the trial.
In a letter to which Europa Press has had access, the defense indicates that in light of these new audios, a summary supplementary instruction must be agreed for a period of 30 days in which the medium that has made these conversations public must be required. Commissioner with other commanders of the State security forces and bodies to provide the originals.
It is also interesting that, once they are contributed to the case, the Judicial Police proceed to analyze them to verify their authenticity and integrity. He also wants Internal Affairs to report whether in his sound documentation that Commissioner Villarejo was intervened in the records there are such audio recordings.
Subsidiarily, and in the event that the three are not summoned again to testify, he requests that the sentence be agreed to “deduce testimony” on the understanding that Linares and Corbí may have committed a crime of perjury against the defendant in criminal cause. Those audios, Villarejo explains in the letter, would show that both “would have been untrue in their statements on nuclear aspects of the facts subject to prosecution rendered at the hearing.”
Of the former head of the UCO, Villarejo maintains that “he testified untruly, trying to divert attention from the true origin of the Tandem case by claiming to be the promoter of the ironically called ‘anonymous complaint’, before the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, origin of the aforementioned general cause.
He says that from the conversations recorded by the commissioner in 2016 with him, it is understood that Sánchez Corbí lied “clearly” in the trial regarding what had been the true genesis of the “false investigation”, which served as the basis for the Prosecutor’s complaint “and caused the arrest and imprisonment” of Villarejo.
In addition, he maintains that in 2016, Sánchez Corbí already warned the accused commissioner “to be careful with a montage that they were preparing for him and in almost encrypted language he asked him (…) if he had received the warning message he sent him.”
He points out that Sánchez Corbí also lied when he said that he knew the commissioner only by hearsay because they both work in intelligence tasks, and points out that “he has, without a doubt, a peculiar measure, when it comes to assessing the importance or not of the content of the conversations he has ” because in the recordings it is seen that Corbí and Villarejo “address issues of a certain importance and confidentiality” such as the maneuvers of the former director of the CNI Félix Sanz Roldán against the commissioner.
In fact, Villarejo adds in the letter, in the audios you can hear how, given the imminent withdrawal of the commissioner, he wants to give the head of the UCO his most valuable informants.
“All these revelations show the degree of trust and closeness that I undoubtedly had with my client; thus evidencing the accumulation of fallacies that the head of the UCO, who was head of the UCO, said at the trial, perhaps pressured to lie and distance himself from his until then honorable and irreproachable conduct,” he adds.
Villarejo also questions Linares’ testimony after listening to these new audios published in digital media, and dismisses it as spurious. Thus, he accuses him of lying “with impunity” in the trial thanks to the fact that those audios did not see the light before the beginning of the oral hearing.
He points out that, specifically, he lied about how Villarejo returned to service in 1993, and relies on the fact that audios from 2012 and 2014 exist and have been made public in which the truth is evident. He regrets that although the investigators were able to link these recordings to the cause, as a disclaimer, “it was intentionally removed.”
Villarejo considers that the audios prove “the knowledge and official acceptance of the compatibility of activities provided by him and their use in turn for police intelligence purposes”, something vital in this case because it is about demonstrating whether the commissioner used his police position to profit from his own businesses, something that would fit the crime of bribery.
The defense indicates that both the 1995 complaint filed by the commissioner, as well as the minutes signed by Agustín Linares on January 2, 2018 and the published audios “also prove the friendship, trust and loyalty that both profess, as well as the great influence that as director of the Police exercised over the successive DAOs of the Police”.
He describes Linares’ statement as “erratic” and says that “it leads one to think that his testimony is far from the truth, even contradicting himself on several points and hiding relevant information that would promote the truth about these circumstances and conditions and bring it to the knowledge of the Court”.
In addition, he explains that Linares declared that his relationship with Villarejo was scarce and that he was unaware that he had a company, Cenyt, which he combined with his work as an intelligence agent within the police. “However, his daughter worked at Cenyt, Villarejo’s company, and he was aware of the work that Villarejo did for the police from his semi-private sphere,” he asserts.
Villarejo’s trial for three pieces of the Tandem case resumes this Monday, September 5. He faces his final phase after the commissioner has been recognized by the forensic doctor of the National Court after suffering a mishap that separated him from attending the sessions before the summer break.