About 10.30 on Tuesday, two police officers have sat in front of the court of the National Court that prosecutes, among others, the Valencian former president Francisco Camps, of the PP, for his alleged involvement in the Gürtel case. Both have come for the fourth day to testify at the oral hearing, although this session was already predicted to be busier. After answering in previous days to the questions of the accusations and some defenses, the lawyer of the former popular president was now waiting for them. The lawyer has heard how the officials pointed to Camps as the way of entry of the corrupt network in the Generalitat Valenciana and, as soon as he has taken the floor, he has launched the attack to try to overturn the conclusions of the police, questioning the quality of their reports and their professionalism.
The tension was palpable throughout the interrogation. As soon as he started, annoyed by the first answers of the agents – headed by Inspector Manuel Morocho, the main investigator of the Gürtel case – Camps' lawyer, Pablo Delgado, has demanded "concreteness", which has caused the president of the court, José Antonio Mora, to warn him that it is he who directs the trial.
Later, the magistrate had to declare "inadmissible" an intervention of the lawyer, who reproached the police for an alleged "dereliction" of functions "knowingly" so as not to incorporate into the case evidence that, according to the thesis of the defense, could exculpate the defendants. "We can't admit her! That statement is not correct," the judge has cut sharply.
Police inflict the hardest blow on Camps in his trial for Gürtel: highlights his "good relationship" with El Bigotes
Despite the attacks of Camps' lawyer, Morocho has defended the conclusions he presented in previous sessions, when he explained how Gürtel landed in the Valencian Community and how the then Valencian president allegedly facilitated it. The agent has again stressed on Tuesday that Camps maintained an "intense and family relationship" with Álvaro Pérez, alias El Bigotes, the man of confidence of the plot in the region. And that the leaders of the corrupt network, Francisco Correa and Pablo Crespo, clearly said that Pérez "worked for the president."
Among other evidence, the agents have the telephone conversations intercepted to the members of the plot between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, in which they speak of "appointments to meet to eat at home" of Camps or "visits to the establishment where his wife works". The lawyer of the former president has questioned the veracity of the content of these talks: "They are always references from third parties," he alleged. But Morocho has responded then: "Everything that is said has a hint of reality because other documents intervened have consolidated what was said there. The conversations are credible." The National Police also intercepted a call between Camps and El Bigotes where the former described his interlocutor as a "friend of the soul" and asked for "loyalty" for "life."
In this line, the chief inspector already stressed on Monday that Correa and Crespo were "aware" of the importance of the relationship that El Bigotes had woven with Camps, and so they expressed it in their telephone communications: "They knew that Álvaro Pérez was the cornerstone. He is the direct interlocutor with the president for the execution of the [electoral campaigns of the Valencian PP], for obtaining contracts and for their realization. There was mutual trust [between El Bigotes and the chief executive]." "Álvaro Pérez was going to the top," Morocho added on Tuesday.
The Prosecutor's Office asks for two and a half years in prison for Camps, who sits on the bench with 25 other people (among them, three former counselors of their governments and a dozen technicians of the regional administration). According to the calendar of the National Court, the trial will continue on Wednesday with the statement of an expert of the IGAE (General Intervention of the State Administration), who prepared economic reports on the plot. It is also expected to interrogate Jesús Emilio Torrejón Puchol, former director general of the General Advocacy of the Generalitat, who sent a letter to the court this September ensuring that the Government of Camps used it in 2010 to prepare a report that exculpates the Popular Administration.
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