The Central Court of Penitentiary Surveillance has partially authorized the complaint filed by the lawyer of Jose Manuel Villarejo, the retired commissioner in preventive prison since November 2017, to be able to accompany his client in the meeting that he will hold this morning in the penitentiary center from Estremera (Madrid) with a delegation from Vox, including the deputy Macarena Olona.
The lawyer Antonio García Cabrera sent a letter prior to the court in which he indicated that this interview, which will revolve around the ‘Kitchen operation’, on which an investigation commission is open in the Congress of Deputies, must be carried out in a an appropriate space in the Estremera penitentiary « destined for authorities » and that is different from that of a visiting room.
Likewise, it requested that this ‘vis a vis’ be recorded on a suitable medium that later allows the reproduction of the image and sound for its exclusive use in the exercise of parliamentary activity. And he stressed that this communication with the Vox deputies cannot be subject to « suspension, intervention or any administrative restriction. »
To these requests, the acting magistrate of the Central Court of Penitentiary Surveillance, María de los Reyes Jimeno, responded last Wednesday in a car that did allow the presence of the lawyer at the meeting, but only as a « companion. » It thus supported the request of the prosecutor in the case, Miguel Serrano, that the appointment have an « informal and extra-procedural nature », without consequences for the criminal cases that are being followed in the National Court against Villarejo.
Before this resolution, sources of the defendant’s defense have expressed their anger that fundamental rights are disregarded, since the defense « does not end at the door of the prison nor is it exercised only on a stand », and considers that the final condition of the The interview is a detriment to the legitimacy of the Legislative Power and its public function. For this reason, he announces that the judge’s order will appeal « to the extent necessary. »
The resolution also justifies that the aforementioned condition of deputy of Olona, not even as a member of the investigation commission, « may condition the specific regime of control of the inmate’s communications. » Also remember that the meeting cannot be equated to the conditions of a parliamentary appearance.