The Bárcenas affair seems not to have ended yet. A Spanish judge has in fact notified the registration in the register of suspects of Maria Dolores de Cospedal, Minister of Defense between 2016 and 2018 in Governo Rajoy and former general secretary of People’s Party, for the alleged espionage of the former party treasurer accused of fraud and then sentenced to 29 years, Luis Barcenas. Cospedal was supposed to show up in front of one this afternoon parliamentary inquiry commission, but the hearing was postponed to a later date. The decision was made at the request of the two governing parties, the Socialist Party e United we can. The idea is to summon Cospedal again once questioned by the judge.
The alleged operation of illegal espionage – renamed Operation Kitchen – in which, according to the authorities, the former defense minister and her husband are involved, it would have been organized in 2013, when the Popolari were in the government. The goal was to subtract some compromising material which would have confirmed the corruption of the party leaders. Indeed, Luis Barcenas he was suspected at the time for his role in the cases of internal fraud. Role which he then confirmed, claiming to have managed the secret accounting of the party.
Following some journalistic inquiries, in 2013 a system of illegal payments within the People’s Party was discovered. Bárcenas also claimed to have shot of the money to some exponents of the PP, including the same Maria Dolores de Cospedal, during the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. According to investigators, Cospedal and her husband have spied illegally Bárcenas, al fine di protect their interests. But that is not all. According to the prosecutor, high-level government and police officials are involved in the organization of the operation. An example of this is the fact that the former Minister of the Interior has been among the suspects for some time, Jorge Fernandez Diaz.