Santa Cruz de Tenerife (EFE) , influence peddling, money laundering, falsification of documents and belonging to a criminal organization.
The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) has confirmed this Thursday that these are the crimes for which the first three arrested for this operation, called the “Mediator case”, have appeared before the judge, although without revealing their identities.
Among those arrested, there is a retired general of the Civil Guard, Francisco Javier Espinosa Navas, who was head of the Las Palmas Command a decade ago, and the former General Director of Livestock of the Government of the Canary Islands Taishet Fuentes (PSOE), who was dismissed gave functions last summer for “loss of confidence”.
Also charged in the same events is the former socialist deputy Juan Bernardo Fuentes Curbelo, who was not arrested by the Police along with the rest of those investigated.
Taishet Fuentes’s uncle and predecessor of hers in the direction of Livestock, Juan Bernardo Fuentes was a national deputy of the PSOE in Congress until the day the operation broke out, last Tuesday. That same night he resigned from his seat and both he and his nephew were suspended from militancy by the PSOE leadership.
The Investigating Judge number 4 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has provisionally released the three people from whom she has already taken a statement, with several precautionary measures: withdrawal of the passport, prohibition to leave the national territory and the obligation to appear before a Court on the 1st and 15th of each month.
The rest of the people arrested will go to court throughout this Thursday, according to the TSJC.
In this case, alleged extortion of companies in the livestock sector is being investigated in exchange for avoiding health inspections or expediting or unlocking European aid files.
According to various media outlets in the Canary Islands, the origin of a significant amount of cash found at the home of General Espinosa Navas is also being investigated. EFE