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The defense of the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas has clarified this Tuesday that the only intervention that the Minister of Justice and Interior of the Community of Madrid, Enrique López, had in the contacts maintained by the lawyer of the political formation, Jesús Santos, and a Bárcenas’ link would be to “introduce” these two people.
This has been stated by the lawyer Gustavo Galán in a statement, ensuring that his client did not expressly refer to the former judge of the National Court with the term “interlocutor”. According to the lawyer, he has directly contrasted with the PP ex-treasurer the use of this word during his testimony as a witness in the separate piece in which the ‘Kitchen operation’ is being investigated.
“At no time has Don Enrique López been referred to as a person who has had another intervention other than merely presenting, through a good friend (Don Agustín), a lawyer close to the Popular Party, regardless of the term that ‘ wants to be attributed ‘as’ intermediary’ or ‘interlocutor’ “, says the statement, which adds that the exact expression used” will be clarified when the proceedings are no longer secret. “
The defense of Bárcenas concludes that “in this specific question, what really matters is the real participation of Don Enrique, which is what has just been described.”
Statement in ‘Kitchen’
The ex-treasurer of the PP appeared this Monday before the head of the Central Court of Instruction number 6, Manuel García Castellón, after he affirmed in a letter addressed to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office that “a large part” of the compromising documentation that he kept on the party was stolen for the parapolice operation that is being investigated in the National Court.
The content of the statement did not come out because it took place within the framework of the part of piece 7 of the ‘Tandem’ case that is still secret. Several journalistic reports pointed out that Bárcenas would have talked about López’s actions in the contacts that a businessman, Agustín D., maintained, who would have been the link of the ex-treasurer of the PP, and the lawyer who defends the party in the trial for the alleged box ‘ b ‘, Jesus Santos.
The Madrid counselor denied this Monday night having acted as an intermediary in this specific case. “The statement made by Luis Bárcenas about an alleged intermediation is flatly false and I reject it outright,” he underlined in a message posted on his official Twitter account.
The former magistrate and former spokesman of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) referred to the clarifications made previously on this matter, in which he stressed that he limited himself to putting the PP lawyer in contact with Bárcenas’ liaison.
As he pointed out, the PP lawyer received in 2017 the approval of the party’s legal counsel for these contacts but “with the clear condition that he could not reach any kind of agreement with the intermediary” from Bárcenas.
Sources close to López have already confirmed this information, noting that, at the beginning of these meetings, the then judge of the National High Court limited himself to putting two unknown persons in contact.
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