He is under investigation for showing a lack of impartiality during his duty in the Interior Ministry via a ‘political police’
Congress approved yesterday the creation of a commission to investigate the supposed ‘party favouring’ inside the Interior Ministry, and in consequence Jorge Fernández Díaz
, with the objective of acting judicially against determined opposition parties using a ‘political police’
Jorge Fernández Díaz – archive photo
The incentive was backed with 206 votes of the socialists groups – PSOE and the nationalists, Basque & Catalan, Ciudadanos and Unidos Podemos and the rejection of the 136 PP members and one abstention from the Canary Coalition.
This commission has its roots in the conversation between the former Chief of the Anti-Fraud Agency in Cataluña, Daniel de Alfonso and the very Interior Minister, absent in the debate, was finally put to vote and applauded in the socialist ranks.
In addition to the these conversations, the commission proposes to investigate the use of the resources, agents and measures inside the security forces ‘for political ends’ to obstruct ‘the corruption scandals inside the PP’ and to demonstrate that the suspect had leaked to the media false reports to start judicial action against the parties he wished.
For at least three months, the socialists have also wanted to extend the commission into the Police hierarchy to create ‘a unique political police’.
It has been put into action when the expenses are yet to be assigned for the new legislature, supposing the previous dissolving of the Courts, and then the calling of a third election at the end of October. Given this end of the legislature, the work of the commission could be floundered and not constituted.
Or, if the new legislature advances and a new Government is formed, Jorge Fernández Díaz and any of his accomplices would be obliged to explain to Congress, as established in Article 1 of the Organic Law for the Appearances before Investigative Commission in Congress or Senate.
As he is an acting minister he cannot appeal and neither would he be placed under parliamentary control. Should he not attend, he would have committed the crime of serious disobedience.
‘I would be more than happy to attend’ if I am called, he claimed at the end of the parliamentary session, adding it was ‘offensive’ against the security forces and supposed an ‘irresponsibility’ on the part of PSOE ‘doing the dirty work for the independents’ .
From the area where the PP Cabinet sits in Congress, and not from his seat, Fernández Díaz would have heard harsh reproaches from the opposition, mostly thrown by the PSOE, whose own Interior spokesman, Antonio Trevín, had made it clear the Government ‘must take into account’ the staining ‘of the good name for the Police’
‘We want to clear up whether the Interior Minister had created a political police and if Fernández Díaz can deny it’ after he qualified the recordings as ‘a shameful episode’.
In this chapter, the socialist member had added to the numerous cases featuring ‘a reduced police clique’ with the service of Fernández Díaz to pursue his political enemies.
‘Rajoy put in the hands of Fernández Díaz an arsenal to fortify his political position’ he quipped.
Harsh words from the ranks of the ERC and Convergence, when the member Gabriel Rufián Romero, exhibited a tablet which was playing the audio from one of the conversations, and Francesc Homs, who chose to read the contents of the same, underlining the seriousness of the facts
For Podemos, their spokesman Íñigo Errejón accused Fernández Díaz of presiding ‘the most disgraceful disorder’ and ‘you are the most sinister minister for leaking false information against opposition parties to the media.
However, for the PP their assistant spokesman, Rafael Merino, considered the PSOE as ‘irresponsible’ for digging up matters from past legislatures. Merino suggest the PSOE members to go out on the street and ask the citizens if this matter concerns them as it has attacked the professionalism of the Police and Guardia Civil.