Retired Commissioner José Manuel Villarejo clarified his statements on Wednesday about the involvement of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) in the attacks of August 17, 2017 in Las Ramblas in Barcelona and in Cambrils.
Thus, the ex-police officer has assured the press, upon arrival at the National audience, that, when he affirmed this Tuesday that said event was a “mistake” by the CNI to give a “scare” to Catalonia, what he meant was that the terrorists could constitute a “fictitious command” to “give the appearance of risk”, so that the autonomous community “felt the need for State protection.” An alleged strategy that, once Ripoll’s magnet, the brain of the cell, dies in an explosion while preparing the attack, got out of hand.
“What I have said in relation to the scare is that many times dummy commands have been elicited to reassure and such, and that, probably, the intention was not at all to provoke any attack, but rather to give the appearance of risk so that Catalonia felt the need for the protection of the State, and got out of hand when the magnet dies and the little ones, youngsters, [el resto de miembros de la célula yihadista] they don’t know how to react, “he said in statements to the press before entering the National Court.
Villarejo has thus qualified the demonstrations he made on Tuesday during the trial for The pieces Iron, Land Y Painter of the macrocause Tandem, nicknamed Villarejo case, as this is the main defendant in it.
“I was collaborating with them [el CNI] to try to fix the mess of the famous Ripoll imam attack, which in the end was a serious error by Mr. (Félix) Sanz Roldán, who miscalculated the consequences for give Catalonia a little scare“, he indicated, alluding to the former head of Spanish intelligence, with whom he maintains an iron and public enmity.
The statements of this Tuesday by the former commissioner, in which he linked the CNI with the attacks of 17-A, served the pro-independence parties to request a commission of investigation in this regard.
ERC even requested the appearance of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and the minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska in the Interior commission of the Congress of Deputies.
Villarejo and the CNI
It is nothing new to hear Villarejo mention the CNI to exonerate himself. This Monday, before the court that is trying him, he also declared that it was the secret intelligence service, and not he, who recorded the hundreds of tapes with conversations of all kinds found at his home after his arrest.
“I had monitored all my life Since the beginning of the 2000s by the CNI and periodically they gave me the recordings already edited and modified for my guarantee and my peace of mind, “Villarejo assured before the Criminal Chamber of the National Court.