• Courts The judge confirms the evidence to try López Madrid for hiring Villarejo to harass Dr. Pinto

  • Investigation They investigate the possible payment of López Madrid to Commissioner Villarejo of 211,000 euros for harassing Dr. Pinto

The National Court has confirmed the prosecution of the businessman Javier López Madrid for the harassment of Dr.

María Elisa Pinto

with whom the former

OHL

director had a private conflict, which leads the procedure to oral trial.

The

Criminal Chamber

has issued an order, to which Efe has had access, in which it rejects López Madrid's appeal against the order of the head of the

Central Court number 6

of the Court,

Manuel García Castellón

, who agreed to his prosecution for active bribery, as well as former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo and his partner

Rafael Redondo

, although in his case for passive bribery.

The defense of the dermatologist Elisa Pinto asks for six years in prison for López Madrid for allegedly hiring Villarejo, for whom he also requests another six years in jail, when he was still active in the Police to harass the doctor.

This piece of the Villarejo case is instructed outside the procedure that has been investigated by the investigating

court number 39

of the capital, where López Madrid and José Villarejo are prosecuted for the alleged crimes of harassment, threats and injuries to Pinto, which asks for them 22 years in prison.

In addition, there is a third procedure in the

Investigating Court number 26

of the capital in which López Madrid asks to prosecute Pinto for harassment and she requests the file.

"There is no proof"

In his appeal, the businessman's lawyer asked the Chamber "to dismiss and file the proceedings with respect to Javier López Madrid, as there was no conduct deserving of criminal reproach in regard to him or evidence of criminality" since "there was no made an offer or delivery of a gift, promise or compensation in favor of Villarejo, reason for which there is no proof".

And, on a subsidiary basis, he requested to revoke the indictment and continue the investigation by collecting full testimony of the proceedings of Court number 26 of Madrid.

But the Chamber emphasizes that there are "indications of the possible commission of a crime", so the magistrate's decision to prosecute those under investigation "is correct and correct".

"What an investigated party cannot successfully seek is to impose the dismissal or continuation of the investigation phase, through the practice of new investigative procedures, to the instructor, against his criteria," he adds.

In addition, the Chamber endorses García Castellón's opinion that "in this Court the alleged harassment experienced by María Elisa Pinto is not investigated, but that the facts under investigation are limited to the existence of a crime of bribery (...) existence of indications of contracting the services of a commissioner of

the National Police Corps

in active service at the time of the occurrence of the events".

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