Manuel Morocho, chief inspector of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the Police and main investigator of Gürtel, the plot headed by Francisco Correa and that involved numerous public officials of the PP, returns this Friday at 9:30 to the Hearing National. Judge Manuel García-Castellón has cited him in the case that investigates the illegal espionage of the former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas, known as Kitchen case, to continue with the devastating story that began last Tuesday, when he narrated the accumulation of pressures to which he was subjected to try to torpedo the judicial investigations into the corruption network led by Francisco Correa and which has been persecuting the PP since 2009. A narrative of about three hours that impressed the magistrate himself, as detailed by EL PAÍS and how the audios of that interrogation show: “I was ordered not to put any names of political leaders in the body of the report, specifically the name of Mariano Rajoy ”.
“You leave me a bleak picture,” the judge came to say at one point.
“Well, I can leave it even worse …” replied Morocho.
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Excerpt from Morocho’s statement last Tuesday, where the judge states: “It leaves me with a bleak outlook.”
The testimony of the UDEF agent has burst with unstoppable force in the investigation of Kitchen, the parapolice plot hatched in the Ministry of the Interior to spy without judicial control on the popular ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas after the outbreak of the scandal of the Bárcenas papers with the presumed objective of snatching sensitive documents for high positions of the PP. Until now, Judge García-Castellón had focused his gaze on the months around July 2013, when he set the beginning of this irregular deployment. But Morocho’s account shows that the maneuvers to torpedo the Gürtel case They happened long before and, in addition, these came from the very police leadership and the ministry, controlled by the conservative party.
The details provided by the chief inspector were profuse. The police officer narrated how his superiors modified their reports on Gürtel and the box b of the popular ones, already given as accredited by the Supreme Court. And how they urged him to remove the leaders of the PP or their relatives from them: among others, Mariano Rajoy, then Prime Minister and who appears as a recipient of bonuses in the Bárcenas papers; or the businessman Ignacio López del Hierro, husband of María Dolores de Cospedal, then secretary general of training, who appears as a donor of parallel accounting. “We have worked in difficult conditions,” asserts the UDEF agent.
“[Al juez, esos datos], they came to him in an annex ”, Morocho explained to García-Castellón:“ We made a summation table of everything perceived, but in the body [del informe] They were not there. The judge, if he read only the content of the body of the report, did not really know who the recipients were. What happens is that I, during all this time, had the formal documentation that was delivered to the judge and then I had to tell the judge what it was that they had forced me to take away. OR [le decía]: ‘I have not put this here and I have had to put it there, in the annex, because they prevented me from putting it.’ So, the judge had surreptitious knowledge of what I could not bring out in the body of the report. Among this, the full identification of these people at the indiciario level ”.
The judge asks the chief inspector to specify who asked him: “That is suggested to me by the entire chain of command, from what was then commissioner general, [José García] Losada, even Manuel Vázquez, unit chief, Mr. Gudiña, brigade chief, and the two section chiefs ”. “The meetings were collective and in them he was urged to change and remove certain issues, which I put at the index level. What I was doing was simply complying with what the magistrate asked us: which was to analyze some documents and expose what appeared there without going into further considerations, “he added.
Excerpt from Morocho’s statement: “I had to tell the judge what it was that they had forced me to take away.”
But Morocho, who will respond this Friday to questions from the Prosecutor’s Office and the rest of the parties in the case (defenses, injured parties and accusations), shot even higher during his statement and points to the police and Interior leadership, whom he considers who was behind the pressures. The chief inspector details how Eugenio Pino, deputy operational director and highest police command during the Rajoy government, transferred him from position and overloaded him with work to try to stop the Gürtel case. He also explained that they tried to keep Commissioner Andrés Gómez Gordo close to his UDEF group, a person of the highest confidence of Cospedal and political advisor during his time as president of Castilla-La Mancha: in fact, they wanted to introduce him to their team of investigators to a man close to Gómez Gordo, but Morocho says he refused.
The most obvious episode occurred in June 2013, when Morocho’s group of agents worked at full capacity after EL PAÍS published in January of that year the Bárcenas papers and the rogatory commissions will arrive with the information of the ex-treasurer’s accounts in Switzerland. According to Morocho, they then directly tried to buy him and offered him the transfer as Interior Attaché to an embassy, proposing, among several, the Lisbon embassy, a position with better economic remuneration. The chief inspector told the judge that this offer came from Commissioner José Luis Olivera, former head of the UDEF and later head of the Intelligence Center against Organized Crime.
The appointment took place in a cafeteria in Madrid, according to Morocho underlined. There, Olivera put the cards on the table: “Where do you want to go? To an embassy? To which?”. Even during the conversation, according to the version of the UDEF agent, the commissioner received an alleged call from the then minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, from which he deduced that he was interested precisely in the matter they were discussing: “Hello, minister. Yes, I am with him ”, Morocho narrated that Olivera told his interlocutor. “See, even the minister calls me,” he added when he hung up. Fernández Díaz’s lawyer denied that this call took place between his client and the police command. For his part, the judge charged Olivera on Thursday.
Excerpt from Morocho’s statement: “I was ordered to devalue the documents of EL PAÍS.”
Among other extremes, Inspector Morocho stated: “I was ordered to devalue the documents that EL PAÍS took out, to follow the dynamics that at that time the PP was expressing before the public opinion that these documents were inveraged, of that the only accounting that existed was that of the Court of Accounts; as [dijera] that “Luis Bárcenas will know what sense these documents have and who they affect, but in no case the PP.” That was transmitted to me and they wanted me to incorporate it into the report without further ado and I said no ”.