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The CGPJ will address on Thursday the messages of the former 'number two' of the Interior to the president of the AN for 'Kitchen'

MADRID, 7 Mar.

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The CGPJ will address on Thursday the messages of the former 'number two' of the Interior to the president of the AN for 'Kitchen'


The Permanent Commission of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) will address in its plenary session on Thursday the journalistic revelations about the WhatsApp messages that the former Secretary of State for Security Francisco Martínez sent to the president of the National Court (AN), José Ramón Navarro , with the aim of seeking their help for the judicial investigation that was carried out in the AN on 'Operation Kitchen'.

According to sources from the governing body of the judges consulted by Europa Press, the matter has been included in the agenda of said Plenary as "assessment of the journalistic information given in relation to the actions carried out in separate piece 96/2017 by of the Central Court of Instruction number 6 of the National Court".

The members already spoke about this matter during the previous meeting of the Permanent Commission, held on March 2, but then they did not see enough material to adopt any type of measure with respect to Navarro, according to the sources indicated.

Those WhatsApp chats came to light when the AN finished incorporating into the digital platform all the material derived from the investigations into parapolice espionage that would have been orchestrated by the Ministry of the Interior between 2013 and 2015 against the former treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas and their entourage to steal all the compromising material they might have from the party or its leaders.

Prosecutor sources indicate that the facts were already investigated at the time to end up concluding that Navarro limited himself to maintaining cordial contact with Martínez without providing him with anything about the judicial investigations.

The head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García Castellón, ended his inquiries in July 2021, prosecuting former Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz as the alleged 'brain' of the 'Kitchen' along with ten other people, including Martínez, the former deputy operational director (DAO) of the National Police Eugenio Pino and former commissioners such as José Manuel Villarejo, Enrique García Castaño or Andrés Gómez Gordo.

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office requests a 15-year prison sentence for Fernández Díaz y Martínez; while the Bárcenas are interested in 41 years for both; the PSOE, 47 years and 10 months for the first and 38 years and 3 months for the second; and Unidas Podemos, 41 years old for both of them as well.

The accusations had asked the judge to reopen the investigations to investigate the alleged involvement of the former general secretary of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal, following the dissemination in 'El País' of a conversation between him and Villarejo in 2013 where he asked him " stop" the matter of Bárcenas' "little notebook", but the Criminal Chamber of the AN has supported García Castellón's decision to close the investigation.