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The ghali case is he Laya case. The head of the Court of Instruction Number 7 of Zaragoza, in charge of the investigations into the entry into Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front Brahim Ghali, has agreed to file the investigation for the former chief of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Camilo Villarino, but has rejected the request of the State Attorney to close the proceedings on the former minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya. It must be remembered that Villarino stated that she was the former minister who ordered the entry of Ghali, on April 18, 2021, through the Zaragoza air base to treat him for Covid in a hospital in Logroño, but “she was not the only one”.

In an order dated March 10, the magistrate Raphael Lasala has partially rejected the request of the State legal services. “I provisionally override these actions only with respect to Camilo Villarino, continuing the investigation of the same in the rest,” he has indicated.

The judge’s decision takes place after last February 8 the State Attorney’s Office requested the file of the investigation that is being carried out on the former minister and her chief of staff Camilo Villarino. The defense considers that there are no elements that allow to prove a possible crime of prevaricationcover-up or falsehood on the part of any of the former Government officials.

In 18 pages, the legal services of the State insisted that the facts proven in the framework of the investigation “do not constitute any crime.” “It is appropriate, therefore, that an instruction regarding my investigators not be unnecessarily prolonged, due to the unfavorable conditions and consequences that it entails for them,” he said. This, he stressed, “without prejudice to the eventual continuation or maintenance of the proceedings in relation to others investigated regarding the possible crime of falsehood.”

The magistrate has assured in his order that “everything seems to point” to the fact that Camilo Villarino “was only informed from the Ministry of the Interior of the pending criminal cases against Ghali when he had already been in Spain for several days (…) without being previously informed. He would have reported on such a particular by whoever chose him as a highly qualified professional to manage the arrival in Spain” Thus, he has concluded that Villarino is “someone outside the core of people who would have known of the legal interest in Brahim Ghali.”

Save Pedro Sanchez

González Laya decided to save his former boss, Pedro Sánchez, in the ghali case. The socialist is charged in this case for allegedly following the orders of the Prime Minister, according to sources consulted by OKDIARIO, in the orchestrated plan to host the Polisario leader in Spain, reported Teresa Gómez.

However, the former minister has prevented magistrate Rafael Lasala from continuing to advance in the investigation, since Laya has refused to confess who gave her the order, by not testifying under the Official Secrets Law. With this position, the former minister confirms that she has received instructions from above despite the fact that she chooses to keep them secret.

Ghali came to the Zaragoza Air Base on April 18 on a medicalized plane, accompanied by at least one other person, to be treated for the severe Covid he suffered from and was treated at the San Pedro de Logroño hospital under a false identity.

According to the diplomat’s version, it was the socialist who called him and told him that “It has been decided to admit Ghali in Spain”. For this reason, he assured that he did not believe it was her decision “Only for himself and before him, that is, the Government is not a kingdom of Taifas”, stressed. After listening to the former chief of staff in court, Judge Lasala decided to charge the former minister so that she would come to testify.


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