The former president of the Community of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes placeholder image She has declared this Friday before the Provincial Court as accused of a crime of documentary falsification by the fictitious act that accredited the presentation of her Master’s thesis at the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC). He has defended that he carried out the works, but that he did not keep them because, as he said, they were “a procedure”. When explaining his disappearance, he pointed out that maybe they got lost in the multiple moves you’ve made in recent years.
“I don’t keep any copies. I have been looking mostly for the master’s thesis because those works I would not even have saved, They were paperwork that I sent to the university. I have been looking for other works in my academic life and I have not found them either, such as my first draft of the thesis that was 300 pages long and I would like to recover ”, he declared to questions from the prosecutor. “It may have to do with the fact that I have had two house moves and five office moves. I have also moved to smaller homes. I have part of my belongings distributed today. I probably destroyed them. I had no interest in keeping them ”, he added.
The prosecution requests for her three years and three months in jail. Cifuentes has begun his statement denying his relationship with another defendant, the former regional government counselor and former URJC professor María Teresa Feito: “I knew who she was from references, but had had no relationship with her of any kind. I know her without having established a direct relationship ”. However, Feito accompanied Cifuentes to the university to collect the degree once the scandal broke out in the press. “I did not ask him to accompany me,” he argued.
Says she didn’t ask for the certificate
The link between the two is key in the case since the thesis of the Prosecutor’s Office is that Cifuentes pressured Feito to do the same at the university and was able to document that he had completed his master’s thesis. It was after the press began to publish information that put him in doubt. In his statement on Monday, Feito – who also faces three years in prison – denied such pressure, although he admitted to having received calls, among others, from the chief of staff of Cifuentes.
The former president has tried to clarify this point: “I ask you to call the university and talk to whoever you have to talk to. I asked my cabinet to urgently collect it from the university, I asked them to please send me a copy of the title and the tuition payment that I did not have. And I also asked that they send me a certification stating the 12 subjects and the master’s thesis ”, he admitted.
However, has stated that she did not ask to be sent the falsified report by which he sits on the bench: “At no time could I imagine that there was a forged signature. I acted in good faith with a document that the rector’s secretary had sent me ”. “I have never asked anyone to falsify a document,” he later replied to his lawyer. Who did report pressure from Feito was the third defendant in the case, Professor Cecilia Rosado, who admitted to having signed the false certificate. The Prosecutor’s Office asks for this teacher 21 months in prison and a fine of 1,200 euros as the author of the falsification. It is an inferior penalty because he acknowledged the facts and collaborated in the investigation.
I only dealt with Álvarez Conde
Regarding the presence in the classes, he said that it was the director of the master, Professor Enrique Álvarez Conde, who told him that it was not necessary to go to the university center. Álvarez Conde was also investigated for these events, but died in 2019. “He told me not to worry about going to class, it was a modality for people who worked. I had to do a job per subject. I did not have communication with the teachers, everything was with Álvarez CondeHe was my director of the master’s thesis ”, he said.
“When I had The works were sent to Álvarez Conde, either through a family member or someone on my team, who took them away, I don’t know if he later sent them to the teachers ”, added Cifuentes. In his explanations he has alluded several times to the passage of time to justify his inability to specify the details: “I think I remember that I used a laptop. I think that was where I worked, but then I would print them on paper, I’m used to working on paper ”.
Another important point of the interrogation has to do with his face-to-face defense of the final master’s thesis (TFM). As he has said, it was set on July 2, 2012 and that all this was done through the secretariat, which kept his agenda, but could not remember when they set the date. “Many years have passed, I don’t remember. I bound it to bring it more presented “, has alleged.
The defense of work
“I didn’t really defend the work, I turned it in and explained the general lines. I was surprised because it was a very informal act. I suppose they would be teachers of the master because I did not know them because I did not go to class. I don’t remember if it was two or three people. It was not in a classroom, it was in an office. It did not last long ”, has maintained.
In the first session of the trial, Cifuentes’ lawyer provided the court with a pen drive with a screenshot of your personal diary in which the date appears in which he had to go to defend his TFM. The prosecutor has asked her why it has taken her all these years to present it, but the judge has intervened by preventing the defendant’s response, claiming that the Law protects her to provide evidence at the time she deems fit.
However, the prosecutor has insisted that during the investigation phase of the case they were not allowed to access their agenda because the Government Delegation argued that they were destroyed every two months. Cifuentes replied that, when in 2015 she ceased to be a delegate of the Madrid Government to preside over the Community, her secretary turned all the data onto her agenda as regional leader. These data included data from the pen drive what is the one that has presented this week.
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