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Spain investigates how a Venezuelan obtained residency in exchange for false information against Podemos

The National Court summoned the head of the Immigration Police during Mariano Rajoy's mandate

The National Court of Spain continues with the investigations in the case of fake news against the left-wing party Podemos and the alleged financing that the government of Venezuela would carry out, for which it cited the then person in charge at the Immigration and Documentation Police for granting irregularly the residence of a Venezuelan citizen involved in the plot.

Judge Santiago Pedraz called retired commissioner Emilio Baos, former head of the Immigration Police, to take his statement on July 11 in connection with granting residency “for exceptional reasons” to the Venezuelan Carlos Alberto Arias, a subject who provided documents that served to create the hoax that Pablo Iglesias, then líder of Podemos, had ownership of a bank account in a bank in the Grenadines, in the Caribbean.

Pedraz's investigation follows the “dirty war” of the then Ministry of the Interior during the last Government of the Popular Party against Podemos during 2016 when the political formation was one of the main alternative forces of the Spanish left along with the PSOE.

Among the maneuvers that the judge agreed to investigate is the publication in Okdiario on May 6, 2016 of information with the following headline: “The Maduro Government paid $272.000 to Pablo Iglesias in the tax haven of the Grenadines in 2014,” he quotes. the newspaper

However, that same day, Europacific Bank Limited published a statement stating that it "has never maintained an account for this person nor has it received a bank transfer from any of the financial institutions or sources mentioned in the article."

In that sense, Podemos incorporated into the legal case a document before a notary in which Carlos Alberto Arias assures that the documents published in the Spanish media came from the “Cuban G2 Service” and the “Bolivarian Government of Venezuela” and that they are “authentic and truthful.” “I was the one who provided them to the Spanish Police and then those that were provided to OkDiario,” was written in his statement before a notary.

The document was provided by the defense of Eduardo Inda, in the civil lawsuit that Iglesias filed for interference in the right to honor against the director of Okdiario. However, the court ruled that the newspaper had carried out the necessary verifications and twice rejected the former's claims. líder from Podemos.

The alleged financing of Podemos in its beginnings with money from the government of Venezuela was a matrix of opinion that multiplied in the headlines and at the same time a thesis that foundered when it was contrasted.

On April 11, 2016, Francisco Martínez, number two in Mariano Rajoy's Ministry of the Interior, signed the residence permit for Carlos Alberto Arias after appreciating "reasons for collaboration with the police authorities" to grant the Venezuelan a one-year residence permit.

That same day, the General Commissioner of Immigration Emilio Baos also signed the authorization. In this sense, on July 11 he will have to explain before Judge Pedraz, and at the request of the Podemos representation, if he followed instructions, knew about Carlos Alberto Arias' actions or carried out any verification.

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