The former president of the PP tells his environment that he would never have authorized to investigate Javier Arenas, a person he trusted, and that he did not know that Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba had a brother named Alejandro.
Published on November 6, 2018 – 12: 59
Ariano Rajoy has assured in his circle of maximum confidence that he was never informed by María Dolores de Cospedal that he had commissioned «punctual work» the retired Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, in pre-trial detention for a year as alleged mastermind of the Tandem case, in relationship with Gürtel. The former president of the Government and the PP has privately acknowledged his discomfort with his former number two in the party.
Rajoy reacts well to the recording broadcast on Tuesday by the portal moncloa.com in which businessman Ignacio Lopez del Hierro, husband of Cospedal and present at the secret meeting held at the national headquarters of the party, said by telephone to the then police that the » boss «of his wife was» in agreement «that the» line of action «proposed in the meeting was secretly held on the afternoon of July 21, 2009. This leads to the interpretation that Rajoy gave his approval to Villarejo will be assigned «specific work», unless Lopez del Hierro’s statement was invented.
Sources close to Rajoy consulted by El Independiente assure that the number two of the PP did not inform him about the content of the meeting with Villarejo that has been known now and that he would never have admitted that Javier Arenas was investigated for the responsibility carried out in the former Foundation of European Studies during his time as general secretary of the PP. In that entity, Luis Bárcenas served as treasurer. Rajoy always had a close relationship with the former general secretary of the party and which Cospedal wanted to remove from the direction.
The husband of Cospedal, on the «punctual work» to Villarejo: «The boss agrees»
The husband of María Dolores de Cospedal, businessman Ignacio López del Hierro, assured the commissioner José Manuel Villarejo that the «boss» of his wife -in reference to Mariano Rajoy, […]
In the aforementioned encounter secretly, María Dolores de Cospedal tries to reassure the police about the discretion of the appointment by assuring him that they were alone in the building. «There is nobody now, as we are with summer time and this plant is under construction here there is nobody, we are alone Mariano and me. And now it is not, so … «, you hear the Secretary General said then. This feeds the idea that Cospedal did not inform his boss of said meeting.
The former president of the PP tells his environment that he would never have authorized to investigate Javier Arenas, a person of his utmost confidence
When the commission took place, De Cospedal had spent less than a year and a half as general secretary of the PP – a position for which she was elected at the Congress held in Valencia in June 2008 – and Arenas was part of the hard core of the party’s leadership. Deputy Secretary Territorial. The historic leader of the popular Andalusians was a person of the highest confidence of Rajoy, which reduces credibility to the president had given his consent to espionage.
Arenas remained in the PP executive until last summer Pablo Casado won the primary and designed a new direction composed of people of his highest confidence and cospedal, decisive to win over Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría in the succession race.
The denial of Mariano Rajoy revives the thesis that the meeting of number two with Villarejo was part of his interest in getting information on the war he was fighting with Bárcenas since it became known that he was in prison after being sentenced to 33 years of prison- with the Gürtel plot. This led him to face Arenas, a supporter of providing protection to the then treasurer to prevent him from pulling the blanket.
The brother of Rubalcaba
The sources also denied that the former president of the PP had authorized the investigation of a family member of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, as is also apparent from the conversations held by López del Hierro and Villarejo. Rajoy was unaware that the former Socialist Minister of the Interior had a brother named Alejandro, said the sources, who remember that Rajoy has maintained and maintains a magnificent Rubalcaba relationship.
The current leadership of the PP led by Pablo Casado has forced the resignation of Maria Dolores de Cospedal as a member of the executive committee of the party on the eve of the start of the campaign of the Andalusian elections, but the former leader keeps his record as a deputy in Congress