• Courts The Supreme Court again agrees with Pérez de los Cobos and annuls Marlaska's veto of his promotion to general
  • Interior Marlaska admits the "political cessation" of Pérez de los Cobos and reinstates him as head of the Civil Guard of Madrid

A part of the public gathered in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca to attend the central act of the Day of the National Police has booed the acting Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, when he has arrived at the agora and also before and after his speech.

Precisely when taking the floor at the official ceremony, Grande-Marlaska began his speech, after the initial greetings to the authorities present, saying: "Do not forget that today is the day of the National Police and has come to pay tribute to the National Police".

"Today is a great day for your policemen, who live, with justified pride, a party that your presence magnifies and should exalt, in their name I thank you for the hospitality with which you have received us this week and the affection that at all times you have shown to the National Police, "he also continued with applause from the audience.

"Thanks to the city of Salamanca, its city council, its mayor, for the facilities you have provided to make possible all the activities we have developed these days, and in which your love and company have become the best possible reward for our national police," added the minister.


Grande-Marlaska has also stated that the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the appeals of Civil Guard Colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos on his promotion is "a purely formal matter."

The head of Interior has indicated that what has happened is that "in the process of promotion of three generals from the General Directorate of the Civil Guard was not sufficiently completed the evaluation report or suitability of the candidates."

This lawsuit has taken a new turn this week, when the Supreme Court estimated three appeals for Marlaska's decision not to promote him to brigadier general.

In this context, the minister has indicated that "it has simply been stated that in the process of promotion of three generals from the General Directorate of the Civil Guard, because the evaluation report or suitability of the candidates was not sufficiently completed, that is a merely formal issue that will be corrected in a timely manner. " He also added that "these three generals are of personal and professional competence and unquestionable as their years of professional career and their last destinations can attest."

Colonel Pérez de los Cobos was dismissed for leaking two reports related to Covid and the 8-M protest in 2020. The high command of the Civil Guard had participated in the 1-O and after the relevant evaluations was the most suitable candidate for promotion, however, the leak of the reports led the minister to avoid his promotion for an alleged loss of confidence. Currently, after a decision of the Supreme Court he is still the head of the Civil Guard Command in Madrid.

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  • Fernando Grande-Marlaska
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  • Ministry of the Interior