Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE) alleged involvement in crimes of bribery, influence peddling and participation in an organized criminal group.
In an order notified this Friday, to which EFE has had access, the judge responds to Espinosa’s defense that the reasons for which he ordered his imprisonment are maintained, which was justified by the need to avoid the destruction of evidence.
The judge, who is supported by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in this decision, stresses that the Internal Affairs Service of the Civil Guard has carried out a “massive action” to collect evidence and data of interest to this case, without any no “abandonment of duties or police inaction during the scarce two weeks in which the challenged pretrial detention is in force.”
The instructor shares with the Prosecutor’s Office that Espinosa Navas must be kept in prison “for the time strictly necessary” so as not to compromise the investigation, because she considers that at this moment there is “a real risk of destruction of evidence.”
For this reason, it agrees “to maintain the precautionary measure, not to analyze the evidence, but to obtain it.”
In this case, General Espinosa Navas is accused of collaborating in a plot that collected bribes from businessmen from various sectors in exchange for obtaining contracts, public aid, or stopping disciplinary proceedings.
Two more separate pieces
The Investigating Judge number 4 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has opened two other separate pieces with the information provided by the intermediary that gives its name to the “Mediator case”, as well as with the evidence collected in the records, one of which has been declared secret.
It has been confirmed this Friday by the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands, which has also specified that, to date, there is no accusation in the case other than the Public Prosecutor’s Office, although there are several requests for appearances that have not yet been answered.
In recent days, the Popular Party, the PSOE, Vox and the Unified Association of Civil Guards have expressed their willingness to appear as an accusation in this procedure.
The TSJC specifies that one of the entities that has requested to appear has appealed the release order of the alleged ringleader of the plot, the former socialist deputy Juan Bernardo Fuentes Curbelo, but his request has not yet been taken into consideration because he is not formally part of of the procedure.
Vox was the party that yesterday, Thursday, announced through a statement that it had appealed the release of Fuentes Curbelo, whom the instructor allowed to leave her Court after giving a statement “by legal imperative”, because the Prosecutor’s Office had not requested measures precautionary measures against him, as the magistrate herself explained in the order, who was in favor of placing him in pretrial detention to avoid the risk of destroying evidence. EFE