Busy morning for the Minister of the Interior in Congress. The attacks against his management have come from the right and from the left, from constitutionalism and from the independence movement. Marlaska has had to listen to how he was described as a "traitor" and his "resignation" was demanded and even how the current situation in his Ministry and in the Civil Guard on account of the Barracks case was compared with the one that occurred in the stage of Luis Roldán.
The head of the Interior has escaped all the questions that have been thrown at him by the PP, ERC and PNV with generalities, has ensured that his department "investigates all criminal conduct" and has avoided giving explanations by hiding behind legal proceedings and making comparisons with the stage of the PP.
The PP deputy, Ana Belén Vázquez, has launched the broadside delving into the Tito Berni case and urging Marlaska to explain the actions that the Ministry is carrying out to clarify the corruption case that affects the former socialist deputy Juan Bernardo Fuentes Curbelo .
Marlaska has evaded the question and has made use of the reminder of cases of corruption of the PP, especially the episode of the computers destroyed by hammer blows. The popular representative then asked him if it was he who gave the order for Police Internal Affairs to pass the Tito Berni case to the Civil Guard and authorized Curbelo to walk around the Civil Guard Directorate facilities taking photos with the Virgin of the Pillar.
He has also insisted on knowing if Marlaska is the "snitch with stripes", the "pitoniso" who knew before anyone else that there were photos of Curbelo that incriminated him in corruption. The deputy has accused Marlaska of "dragging the Civil Guard through the mud to save the party from him." And she has concluded: "A complete betrayal."
The minister has shielded himself once again in the corruption of the PP, making a dent in the operation mounted from the Interior to prevent evidence of the criminal actions of the party from being known, unlike the PSOE, which expels the party and forces the document to be delivered immediately to his corrupt deputy.
Also ERC, through the mouth of the deputy Monserrat Bassa, has attacked the head of the Interior asking him to account for police infiltrations in independence movements. A "democratic scandal", according to the Republican deputy who has demanded measures against the person responsible for said infiltrations. Marlaska has replied that the accusations that are being leveled against the State Security Forces and Bodies are "a lie" and "nonsense." Bassa has responded by assuring that the Ministry of the Interior "is a sewer" and has subsequently demanded the "resignation" of the minister.
Finally, the PNV deputy, Mikel Legarda, has asked Marlaska about the so-called Barracks case that affects high-ranking officers of the Civil Guard and thirteen command posts. "It is estimated that seven out of every ten euros have been defrauded in works adjudications" and in which the same businessman related to the Mediator case is always involved.
To both cases, Mediator and Barracks, the deputy has added the fact that the EU has left its mission in the Sahel in the air until the halo of doubt about General Espinosa Navas, the one in the Mediator case, is clarified due to suspicions that he has used his position to favor peninsular businessmen with the purchase of material.
"All this is reminiscent of the Roldán case, something that makes one suspect an important corrupt network of high-ranking officers of the Civil Guard, a plot that is causing perplexity, indignation and irreparable reputational damage" and then he asked how it is possible that Marlaska had not given no public explanation and has questioned whether this is an example of transparency in a democratic society.
The minister has asked "not to generalize" and has assured that both the Civil Guard and the National Police have "zero tolerance" for illegal conduct. Marlaska has assured that it was the PP who "stopped the investigation of the Cuarteles case" in 2017 and has insisted that it was he, in 2018, who reactivated the investigation, restoring "dignity" to the Minister. In any case, Marlaska has avoided giving further explanations, relying on the ongoing judicial investigations.
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