Josep Maria Calvet, April 27, 2022
CONGRESS OF DEPUTIES
The Minister of Defense maintains that the CNI is accused without evidence and summons those affected to go to court
Faced with the attempt to reconcile by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, or the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, with the case of espionage against the independence movement, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, has maintained that the CNI is being accused without evidence but has come to justify the espionage operation with the argument already pointed out by the right-wing opposition of “what does a state have to do when someone declares independence”.
She has done so in the government control session in her second response to the CUP deputy Mireia Vehí, who has asked her how she justified that a judge authorize more than 60 individualized wiretaps. “Since you tear your hair out so much, I ask you, what does a State, a Government, have to do when someone violates the Constitution, when someone declares independence, when someone cuts off public roads, when someone commits public disorder, when Is someone having relations with political leaders of a country that is invading Ukraine?”, the Minister of Defense snapped.
Robles has not stayed here and she has also reproached the independence movement for “not saying anything” when, as she has said, “organizations such as SEPE are hacked, which are used to pay for ERTE or ministers’ phones.” The head of Defense, who has once again undermined the credibility of The Citizen Lab’s report, calling the “60 spies” a “mantra”, has pointed out that the independence movement “does very well to be a victim” and has lamented addressing Vehí that “I have never seen them defend the basic principles of the rule of law”.
“It sounds like hypocrisy on your part,” concluded the minister, who has summoned those affected by the so-called Catalangate to go to court “if they have doubts.” “This is a rule of law and it is the judges who say whether there has been espionage,” Robles sentenced with a final warning to the CUP deputy: “Do not allow yourself the luxury of attacking the magistrates of the Supreme Court, be it you most humble”.
Vehí, echoing the information indicating that the espionage would have been carried out with judicial authorization, had asked him how he justified “more than 60 individualized listening to political leaders, prominent personalities of the independence movement, lawyers and journalists.” And he gave his own answer. “Do you know what is the only justification that comes to mind? When it comes to safeguarding the unity of Spain against independence, anything goes and when it comes to covering the sewers, the PSOE is always covering its back.” However, Vehí has demanded public explanations, responsibilities and resignations.