The National Court investigates pressure on Bárcenas and his lawyer to avoid publications that harmed the PP
Surprisingly, the National Court has just reported the existence of piece 36 of the Villarejo case in which pressure is being investigated on Luis Bárcenas and his former lawyer Javier Gómez de Liaño so that negative information for the Popular Party would not appear published, in full scandal of box B. That piece, which had remained secret, was opened and closed by order of the instructor, Manuel García-Castellón, and now the Criminal Chamber once again corrects one of its decisions and forces it to continue investigating .
The Court considers that García-Castellón made the decision to close the investigation that affects the PP “prematurely” and bases its decision on the fact that there are investigative procedures requested by the Prosecutor’s Office that have not been carried out and that, as stated manifested by the Public Ministry, in this procedure there are “indications of the commission of a crime.”
The Chamber, however, rejects the incorporation of this piece 36 to piece 7, on the Kitchen operation, so as not to hinder the already very advanced processing of this last case, whose investigation has been concluded. Judge García-Castellón closed the investigation of the Kitchen case on July 29, 2021, in an order in which he exonerated, among others, María Dolores de Cospedal and her husband, the businessman Ignacio López del Hierro. The subsequent publication of new audios reinforcing the thesis of the involvement, if not direction, of Cospedal in the Kitchen plot was ruled out as a reason by García-Castellón to reopen the case.
As the prosecutor’s appeal points out, the hitherto unknown room 36 was opened as a result of the inhibition of the Investigating Court 2 of Marbella agreed in some proceedings in which some entries and search at the home of two individuals had been ordered, Halit Sahitaj and Jana Kleiner.
“As a result of said entry and registration, the researchers had access to an email address in which four audio files which, on October 20, 2014, were sent from the corresponding email address to the professional office of lawyer Javier Gómez de Liaño. Said audio files (…) would reveal in an indicative way, a commission carried out by third parties linked to the Popular Party in order to obtain, through pressure on Luis Bárcenas and his lawyer at the time in the investigation known to Gürtel, Javier Gómez de Liaño, that compromising or harmful information for the Popular Party related to said summary should not come to light.”
An alleged collaborator of the Russian mafia
This Halit Sahitaj is an old acquaintance of the Police investigators. He is about the individual belonging to the environment of the Russian mobster Kalashov. Halit or Khaled facilitated a contact between the head of the Gürtel plot, Francisco Correa, and the number two of the Superior Headquarters of Madrid in 2015, Juan Manuel Calleja, according to an exclusive report by elDiario.es. That meant the dismissal of the police command for not having informed his superiors.
As a result of these audios, always according to the prosecutor’s appeal, the Police were asked to issue a report and identify the three interlocutors in the four audio files sent to the email address of Gómez de Liaño, in the case of José Luis Moreno Cela, Monica Gil Manzano and Juan Ramón Díaz Moro. The prosecutor asked to summon the three previous ones once their appeal was estimated and this piece was reopened.
In the same police report, information was revealed regarding an individual named Halit Hahitaj, in whose home the audios were found, “specified in notes made by the commissioner José Manuel Villarejo regarding alleged payments received by Gómez de Liaño that could be compromising -to which, in addition, reference is made in the four audio files in order to use them as elements of pressure-”.
El Periódico de España reported in February of last year of content in Villarejo’s newspaper that would explain this operation that must now be investigated by the National Court. The Political Brigade, including Villarejo, would have delved into the private accounts of the lawyer Gómez de Liaño with the intention of finding black money that compromised him.
To do this, they contacted one of the ex-magistrate’s former clients, who had been sentenced in 2010 to seven years in prison for his membership in Russian organized crime. In the commissioner’s diaries there are numerous notes showing how the Kitchen plot investigated, without a court order or warrant, the alleged collection in ‘b’ by Gómez de Liaño of up to 5.5 million euros that would have been paid by Zakhar Kalashov, a criminal of Russian origin.