The parties that support Pedro Sánchez in the Government, ERC and Bildu, in addition to the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG), have registered the request for the creation of a commission of inquiry in the Congress of Deputies to investigate the war in Iraq. All this, barely three days after rejecting in Congress the investigation into the extortion network headed by former PSOE deputy Juan Bernardo Fuentes Curbelo, alias Tito Berni.
It is an attempt by Sánchez’s partners to distract attention in the midst of a crisis due to this plot. The parties ask that “the responsibilities be investigated, as well as the alleged manipulations and irregularities of the Government of the Popular Party of former president Jose María Aznar, in the invasion of Iraq, the war and war crimes, in the distribution of the business of the reconstruction, the looting of resources and the allocation of privatized state services”. In addition, they claim to know “the foundations” on which “Spanish participation is decided” in the war or that the “cost for the public coffers that Spanish participation in Iraq had” be clarified. Likewise, they ask to investigate the “Spanish military participation”, as well as “the political and military orders and those responsible for them or the possible responsibility in the commission of human rights violations and war crimes.”
Not to Tito Berni
This request comes just three days after the PSOE and its allies rejected in the Board of Spokespersons of Congress the investigation commission raised by the PP on the so-called case Mediator and the activities of Fuentes Curbelo.
The Socialists have agreed with their parliamentary partners to dilute parliamentary attention to this plot, referring the appearances to the Interior and Democratic Quality commissions. This maneuver has relevant significance, since the Tito Berni he would not be required to appear in that case, as is the case in a commission of inquiry. Something similar happens with the request for documentation, which if it comes from an investigation commission must be attended to. In addition, an investigation commission ends with some conclusions demanding measures and that responsibilities be cleared up, something that will not happen in the case of ordinary commissions.
The PSOE and its partners have also requested that the Civil Guard works contracts be analyzed, now that Justice is investigating irregularities in awards to certain businessmen, known as Barracks case.