Interior purges several charges to try to cover up the Villena prison scandal

At the end of last August the deputy director of Security of the Villena He denounced having been the victim of threats and even of an eminently mafia attack. His complaint specifically targeted a workers’ association and three colleagues, of whom today two are still suspended from employment and salary. The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, showed his public support for the official, but five months later she has been purged from the penitentiary system, the director of the Villena prison dismissed due to age, despite being approved for her reinstatement to the post, and the deputy director of penitentiary inspection, a historical of the prison government structure, has also been relieved. They all had a leading role in the alleged plot.

At the beginning of last September all the televisions and the main media in this country, including OKDIARIO, echoed a video not suitable for impressionable people and, above all, completely decontextualized: three prison officials appeared on the recording repeatedly beating an inmate in one of the corridors of the Villena prison. The image was recorded in mid-August and if it was leaked on September 8, it was for a compelling reason: a worker from the Villena prison had reported threats to the Civil Guard and even an assault on the doors of her house by a group of men wearing masks whom she could not identify, but who she said threatened her if she spoke out against the companions in the video.

The video in question remained at all times in the possession of the management of the Villena prison and days later in the custody of the Sub-Directorate of Penitentiary Inspection of the General Secretariat. The leak of the video could only have occurred from within the Penitentiary Institutions. Interestingly, just 20 days after the video was leaked, Interior activated the relief of the maximum responsible of the communication area of ​​Penitentiary Institutions. But that was only the beginning.

After the broadcast of the video and the version of the deputy director who was allegedly threatened, two of the three Villena workers who were recorded by the security camera were suspended from employment and salary on a precautionary basis. They still continue like this, the maximum term is six months from October, and it is not that there has been no progress in the investigation, it is that what is known so far is that it is closer to being a hoax than a reality.

Dripping cessation

In mid-November, the Civil Guard detained the complaining official for having sent herself the threatening messages that she had denounced. It is still up in the air whether the assault on his house was also invented or not. The funny thing is that the day he decided to report such serious events, it took him several hours to do so, even after having gone to work. With whom did you spend all that time prior to your visit to the Civil Guard? With the director of the Villena prison, Feliciano Crelgo. Official sources will say that Crelgo leaves the case for retirement on January 19. What they will not count is what OKDIARIO has found out: that he had requested to extend his time in office and that Interior had authorized it. What has changed then? That the Civil Guard is diligently investigating what Crelgo and the already filed and dismissed deputy director did before going to report to the Civil Guard. But there is more.

The weeks and months go by and there is no trace of the mysterious assailants of the deputy director whom Minister Marlaska came to describe as “a true civil servant.” Such is the smell that the case gives off that there are already several parliamentary questions that have been made to the Government to clarify extremes of this matter, such as that two workers of those who appeared in the video continue without working or receiving. If they are, it is by the work and grace of Jose Maria Peña Peña, the deputy director of prison inspection. According to the workers’ association Your abandonment can kill me, recently formed into a union, Peña was supposed to be one of the custodians of the leaked video and is responsible for the suspension of his colleagues.

Despite the fact that the Government has disconnected the suspensions of the alleged attack on the deputy director in parliamentary response, OKDIARIO has had access to the documentation that denies this response, since both events are directly related in the workers’ files. These two blunders have also had consequences for Peña, who has no longer been in office for a few days.

This escalation of dismissals and convenient retirements affects almost all the protagonists of the Villena prison scandal. Only time and the denouncing deputy director will be able to show how far the truth goes and where the prison witch hunt begins.

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