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The AN limits the investigations into Villarejo's payments and collections to the lines of investigation already open

Revokes the opening of the new piece 35, intended to investigate patrimonial movements of 13 years.

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The AN limits the investigations into Villarejo's payments and collections to the lines of investigation already open

Revokes the opening of the new piece 35, intended to investigate patrimonial movements of 13 years

The National Court (AN) has put a stop to the investigations initiated by Judge Manuel García Castellón on the payments and collections of the companies of the now retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, by indicating that he must investigate the already existing lines of investigation, thus rejecting opening a specific piece for it.

In an order from this same Friday, collected by Europa Press, the Criminal Chamber partially upholds an appeal by Villarejo against the decision of the head of the Central Investigating Court Number 6 to open a new room --number 35-- of a merely "instrumental" to carry out this patrimonial investigation.

Villarejo's defense alleged in his appeal that this new piece 35 was intended to "initiate a prospective investigation" which, as such, was "null and void".

The magistrates of the Third Section agree that, "certainly, in order to agree on the practice of potentially invasive investigation procedures of rights, it is required that the court previously weigh up proportionality and, in any case, the need from the same".

In this sense, they indicate that all the necessary procedures must be agreed to verify the payments and collections made through certain companies linked to Villarejo in the separate pieces that are still in the investigation phase, "although not with the breadth or extension "with which it was intended.

Thus, they order the judge that this patrimonial investigation be carried out within each of the already existing separate pieces, in which specific orders to the Villarejo business group, CENYT, are examined, which the commissioner would have carried out using police means to their reach, charging high sums for it.

Consequently, they revoke the opening of the new piece 35, urging García Castellón to collect "in each of the existing separate pieces, in relation to the specific facts and time period under investigation", reports from the Treasury proving the relationship of clients with the companies of the commissioner.

And this, the magistrates explain, with the aim of finding out if each piece "appears or contains payments from natural or legal persons also investigated" as alleged contractors of CENYT services.


When opening piece 35, García Castellón requested model 347, a tax document that amounts to a list of clients that reflects operations with third parties of more than 3,000 euros, corresponding to the years 2004 and 2017 of various companies, including the head of CENYT, its real estate branch and its law firm.

The reason for opening said piece is the analysis that the Internal Affairs Unit of the National Police has made of part of the material found in the house of Villarejo's partner, Rafael Redondo, during the first entries and searches, carried out in November 2017. .

During the first trial for the 'Villarejo case' or 'Tándem', the inspector who directs the Internal Affairs investigations revealed that there is still a lot of material found then that is pending review.

When advancing in this documentary examination, Internal Affairs came across what it describes as orders from private clients to CENYT that were not on the judicial radar and sent several police letters to the National Court to account for them.

The head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 pointed out that the facts revealed by Internal Affairs in its reports "present characteristics of crimes of bribery and discovery and disclosure of secrets." So far, more than 80 new projects have been identified.

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