Madrid, Jan 17 (EFE) .- The Provincial Court of Madrid begins this Monday the trial against the former president of the Community of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes, who faces a request from the prosecutor for three years and three months in jail for the master’s case .
The Public Ministry accuses the former leader of the PP of being the inducer of the falsification of the certificate that proves that he had finished and defended his master’s degree, which he did not do.
Section 15 of the Madrid audience will hold the trial of the so-called master case, which jumped in 2018, on January 18, 22, 25 and 29, after its suspension due to the pandemic in May 2020. A hearing that will be broadcast live .
Three people will finally sit on the bench, although there were about twenty defendants among teachers and students.
The Prosecutor’s Office asks for three years and three months in prison for Cristina Cifuentes for an alleged crime of documentary falsification, as well as for María Teresa Feito, former adviser of the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid and official of the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) .
He also requests 21 months in prison as the author of the falsification of the record for Cecilia Rosado, a member of the court that allegedly examined Cifuentes, a lower sentence than that of the former president because she recognized the facts and collaborated in the investigation.
Due to the health situation, the sessions will not be able to be followed in the room by the press, which will have direct access over the internet, the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM) has informed.
Cifuentes announced his resignation on April 25, 2018, just 36 days after the controversy broke out over the irregularities in his master’s degree and after the dissemination of information in which he was attributed an alleged theft in a supermarket in 2011.
Rosado was appointed director of the Master in Regional and Local Law in October 2011, taught in the 2011-2012 academic year by the Institute of Public Law, associated with the URJC.
The Prosecutor’s Office accused Enrique Álvarez Conde, a professor at the URJC and former director of the Institute of Public Law, who died in April 2019, to be an indirect co-author of the crime and claimed three years and nine months in prison for this.
In its indictment, the Public Ministry considers that Cifuentes induced this falsification knowing that it proved a defense of the master’s thesis that “never took place” and that it exhibited in various media and social networks “to avoid the dire political consequences he should face. “
According to the prosecutor’s letter, when eldiario.es published that Cifuentes had not passed all the subjects of the master’s degree, the former president contacted Feito because she had been a professor at Rey Juan Carlos for years and had a good relationship with professors, the rector and professor Álvarez Conde.
Cifuentes wanted Feito to take the appropriate steps “in order to resolve the crisis that the news had caused,” to which she agreed, adds the Prosecutor’s Office.
Thus, according to Álvarez Conde, “and knowing that Cristina Cifuentes had not passed all the subjects, had not done the final master’s project (TFM) and had not proceeded to his defense”, they decided that a record would be drawn up at the that it would be given the “appearance of verisimilitude”.
All this, continues the prosecutor, to publicly certify that the former president had completed the master’s degree normally and passed all the necessary procedures.
The Prosecutor’s Office points out that Rosado “mendaciously” stated that “once the evaluation court met on 07/2/2012, it agreed to grant the student the overall grade of notable (7.5)” and stamped his signature and two others in the minutes. imitating those of the teachers.
He then created an email in the name of Álvarez Conde and sent the minutes to the rector’s email, “who was unaware of the manipulations carried out,” according to the Public Ministry.
That same day, in an “insistent” and “overwhelming” manner, Feito called Rosado’s personal telephone number up to 21 times, “indicating that the situation should be resolved as it was and that, otherwise, the accused Cristina Cifuentes would cut them off. head”.
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