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The PSOE accuses the judge in the “Punica case” of “haste and inaction” for “shielding” Aguirre.

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Former President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre in a 2017 photo.Getty Images

The PSOE and the Association of Democratic Lawyers for Europe (Adade), appear as popular charges in the punic case, have asked the National Court to grant the popular former mayor of Majadahonda, Guillermo Ortega, more time so that he can review the documents he has collected and thus present evidence which, according to him, would concern Esperanza Aguirre, former president of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The Socialists have proposed this measure by appealing against the decision of Manuel García-Castellón, investigating magistrate of the investigation into the alleged irregular funding of the PP in Madrid, which has already ended the term of the former city councilor to deliver his report. The party also accuses the magistrate of “haste and inaction” to “shield” the policy, which he holds indicted.

Guillermo Ortega, convicted for the belt pouch and currently in prison, he said in 2020 that Aguirre put him at the head of the public company Mercado Puerta de Toledo, from which he diverted more than a million euros to pay for the formation’s electoral campaign expenses. In addition, the former mayor produced bills to substantiate his allegations, prompting García-Castellón to separate his testimony from the instruction in box b of the Madrid PP and launch a new line of investigation in 2021 (separate part 13 of the punic case) focused only on his testimonies, which the Trial Chamber later compelled him to make, assuming they were related facts.

With the idea of ​​dealing with these extremes, the popular ex-Regidor demanded that they grant him access to his computer and the Puerta de Toledo market accounts while in prison to collect the alleged evidence he has collected. However, Ortega later explained that he had difficulties in preparing his conclusions as he was only able to consult his documents for very short periods of time due to his incarceration. A problem that, as the PSOE denounces in its appeal, was not solved until April this year when the appropriate “technical means” were made available.

The Socialists explain that Ortega then submitted a letter on May 23 asking for more time to prepare his report because he had to work with “huge amounts of documentation” and could only get started after overcoming “enormous technical difficulties.” The magistrate then granted him a 10-day extension, which he ended last week. “You can’t make the continuation of the play dependent on Ortega’s will,” argued the lecturer.

Former Mayadahonda Mayor Guillermo Ortega arrives in a file picture outside the National Court.
Former Mayadahonda Mayor Guillermo Ortega arrives in a file picture outside the National Court.Javier Lizon (EFE)

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But the time granted was not sufficient for the national associations. The PSOE also accuses García-Castellón: “The speed that they want to impose on the teaching process, especially in the final phase, is incomprehensible.” “As the prosecutor’s office has already pointed out in another case, inaction and haste seem to draw red lines that would protect the PP and its leaders, in this case the one who was President of the Community of Madrid and the PP in this autonomy,” stressed he is the resource of the Socialists, who believe that the information that Ortega can provide “will certainly be of exceptional relevance” since he has “admitted” his “direct participation in the events” The party seeks the court to ask the ex-Regidor to “report on the status of his mandate, including the submission of an advance or previous outline” and then to decide whether to give him more time.

Aguirre – who headed the three organizations where corrupt practices were exposed: the Regional Executive, the Regional PP and Fundescam (Foundation for the Economic and Social Development of the Autonomous Community of Madrid) – currently remains the indicted with this line of investigation punic case, which the magistrate considers “exhausted” after more than five years and has already asked the criminal court to end it once. In fact, García-Castellón dropped the investigation last January and is now awaiting the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office to deliver its final report on the case, which will require it to ask whether to indict the former Madrid president. An option that legal sources say will be difficult given that none of her subordinates have pointed this out to her during the investigation with enough evidence to send her to the bench.

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