The judge investigating whether there were irregularities in the entry into Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, on April 18, has requested the General Staff of the Air Force “The full content” of the conversations held through WhatsApp with the chief of staff of the then Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya. In that exchange of messages, Foreign Affairs would have endorsed that no documentation was requested from Ghali to enter Spain and be exempt from customs control.
The investigating judge number 7 of Zaragoza, Rafael Lasala, gives the Police a period of seven days to identify the headlines of the telephone numbers with which Ghali was discharged, with a false identity, in the hospital in Logroño where he was treated for a serious contagion by Covid.
The Lieutenant General of the General Staff of the Air Force, Francisco Javier Fernández Sánchez, already explained to the judge that he received orders from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on how to proceed in this case. Those instructions were transmitted to him by phone and WhatsApp.
The military command explained that he was responsible for managing state flights that are usually coordinated with the Foreign Department. He admitted that he was the one who communicated with the chief general of the Zaragoza Air Base, to whom he sent the foreign order that the documentation of the leader of the Polisario Front should not be controlled.
In this investigation, Foreign Affairs already informed the judge that the interlocutor of the Air General Staff on April 18 was the then director of the Minister’s Cabinet, Camilo Villarino, who explained to the judge in a letter that he did not order that Ghali’s documentation not be controlled and that it was Lieutenant General Fernández Sánchez who “asked if we wanted customs or immigration to be carried out.”
According to her version, the minister’s chief of staff told her that “it was not precise” and defended that this action is “perfectly consistent with both established practice and current applicable legislation.”
Ask to identify the headlines
The judge has ordered the Police to “Identify the holders of the telephone numbers that appear in the Mohamed Benbatouche data sheet”, the false identity with which Ghali was discharged from the hospital to be transferred on a medicalized plane to Algeria, after declaring before the judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz in relation to two complaints against him for alleged crimes of torture, illegal detention and genocide.
In addition, the instructor in this case asks the National audience that indicates the procedural means used to prove the identity of Ghali in his statement by videoconference and asks Judge Pedraz to send him the answers given by the Special Commissioner of the CGPJ, Supreme Court and National Court to his request to know if the leader of the Polisario Front had a known address in Spain.