The Internal Affairs Unit of the National Police, in charge of the investigation of the so-called Operation Kitchen, points out in one of its reports the possibility that the former president of the Government Mariano Rajoy had “knowledge” of the parapolice network to snatch the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas compromising documents on the financing of the party and thus prevent them from reaching the National Court. The report – sent to Judge Manuel García-Castellón, investigator of the Villarejo case , but included in the summary of box b of the PP, which is being investigated by another magistrate, José de la Mata – echoes recordings seized from retired commissioner José Villarejo, leader of the plot of police corruption and in prison since 2017.

From these audios it is gathered, says Internal Affairs, that the illegal espionage operation against Bárcenas, in 2013 and 2014, was “coordinated” by the then Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez, and had the “knowledge”, among others, the “Asturiano”. The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office attributes this nickname to Mariano Rajoy in a recent report in which he asks Judge García-Castellón to accuse the former Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, in the Kitchen piece of the Villarejo case , to the former secretary general of the PP, Dolores de Cospedal, and her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro.

The police report, to which EL PAÍS has had access and based on Villarejo’s recordings, points out that, in addition to Rajoy, someone nicknamed “Largo” was aware of the undercover operation against Bárcenas, which the Prosecutor’s Office, in its report identifies like attorney Javier Iglesias. This lawyer, according to the documents seized from Villarejo, was able to act as a liaison with La Moncloa to inform Rajoy of the result of the espionage carried out, behind the judge’s back, by Bárcenas’ driver, Sergio Ríos, who was allegedly paid more than 53,000 euros in reserved funds for two years.

The Internal Affairs report indicates that, despite the fact that the high command of the so-called patriotic police tried to pass the Kitchen as an operation to discover where Bárcenas kept his hidden assets to inform the judicial authority, the truth is that the recordings reveal that it would be “an operation aimed at locating” “compromising documents and audio files for leaders of the Popular Party.” There is no record, the investigators write, that the documents seized in this operation, coordinated by Francisco Martínez (“with the knowledge of Asturiano and El Largo”) have been brought to justice.

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