A report signed by chief inspector Fuentes Gago in April 2015, now used by the retired commissioner’s defense, lowers his role in Cenyt and ensures that the estate did so on leave
The direction of the National Police during the last Government of the PP prepared a report to protect the private activity of José Manuel Villarejo, then an active agent, when the investigators of the ‘Nicolás case’ uncovered the business network with which he had enriched himself (he estimated to be more than 20 million euros).
The document was signed in April 2015 by chief inspector José Ángel Fuentes Gago, right-hand man of chief commissioner Eugenio Pino, then operational director of the Corps. It concluded that the “intelligence services” that the commissioner claimed to provide met “with the parameters of compatibility” due to their police function and ruled out any administrative and/or criminal responsibility of Villarejo.
In short, for the police leadership of the time, the particular activities of the agent “did not imply an impairment” of the strict fulfillment of their professional duties, they had “absolute respect” for the hours of the job and “had no relation” with matters related to the Police, with the activities carried out by the Corps or that were within its competence.
This last reference tried to cover up the vigilante operation of the services provided by Cenyt, Villarejo’s parent company, to its clients. The irrefutable fact is that the commissioner used data from police databases, with the acquiescence of related officials, to build his work. These documents, however, were nothing more than “marketing”, as the accused himself recognized in the trial held by the National High Court on the operation that led to his arrest.
“90% of the content was not relevant. The real intention was to look good with the client» to reinforce Cenyt’s cover as a legal advice and intelligence analysis company. «My companies were coverage. The mission was to work for the State,” Villarejo defended in court.
Well, despite this blow of realism, the defendant’s defense strategy focuses precisely on justifying his private activities by the “coverage” given him by the Ministry of the Interior and the National Intelligence Center (CNI), with which he ensures collaborate for years.
Ethics and impartiality
Villarejo also refuted in court the enrichment that his commercial network has generated (only in real estate have 75 properties been identified in his name or that of his family), declaring that the Interior signed the aforementioned file that exonerates him.
The commissioner has declared that the report was ordered by Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, “probably at the suggestion of the president (Mariano Rajoy)”, and said that he had collaborated on it after meeting with the two chiefs of the Police in 2015: the director general Ignacio Cosidó and the DAO Eugenio Pino, maximum operational manager.
The aforementioned document, which this newspaper has accessed, values such controversial conditions for Villarejo as ethics and impartiality, “the matrix rule that determines incompatibilities.” It emphasizes that the commissioner did not carry out more activities than the simple management of Cenyt, “without an implication that exceeds the mere conservation of a company already integrated into his personal assets.” And he concludes that this wealth has been generated during the time he was on leave: from August 1983 to June 1993. A heritage that he only manages when he rejoins the Corps.
This report parapet built by the old police leadership was already dismantled by the Internal Affairs investigators in the ‘little Nicholas case’. The group led by inspector Rubén López assured in May 2016 that Pino and Fuentes Gago – today released from the union – were aware of the irregularities in the corporate network of the police officer and the incompatibility with their public function.
However, far from intervening, these commanders continued to carry out “actions to cover up the illicit activities of Villarejo (hence the Fuentes Gago report) and hinder the judicial investigation” underway in a Madrid court, according to the summary of the ‘case Nicholas’.