The former driver of former Bárcenas treasurer, Sergio Ríos, in the Kitchen commission.


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The former driver of former Bárcenas treasurer, Sergio Ríos, in the Kitchen commission.

The National Police has left without employment and salary Sergio Rios, the one who was the driver of the ex-treasurer of the PP Luis Bárcenas, and two other agents involved in the Kitchen operation that is being investigated by the National Court, the commissioner Andrés Gómez Gordo and the chief inspector Jose Angel Fuentes GagoPolice sources have informed Europa Press. Sergio Ríos, who was the driver of former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas, intends to appeal the decision of the National Police to leave him without a job and salary after being processed by the National Court as an alleged spy for Operation Kitchen. According to the legal sources consulted by Europa Press, Ríos’s defense considers this suspension premature, taking into account that the indictment issued on July 29 is pending several appeals before the investigating judge and before the Criminal Chamber. The decision to remove Ríos, Gómez Gordo and Fuentes Gago from their posts, advanced by El Confidencial, includes these three policemen who were among those appearing in the investigation commission for the ‘Kitchen case’ opened in the Congress of Deputies. Sergio Ríos, who joined the National Police after providing his services as a driver to the Bárcenas family, was silent in the face of repeated questions from the deputies. “It is being investigated and there is a very important part still under secret, I am going to accept my right not to answer“He said. Indicated by other commissioners as the person captured by the alleged corrupt plot for the surveillance of the family of the former PP treasurer, Sergio Ríos endured more than an hour of questions about his relationship with commissioner José Manuel Villarejo and his” passage from doorman at the brothel “to the driver of Francisco Granados and Luis Bárcenas,” and from there to the Police, “despite being reminded that he had one of the worst marks on the entrance exam. All this, with continuous warnings that he was running the risk of going down in history as a “snitch.”

Former trust officer of Cospedal

Commissioner Andrés Gómez Gordo avoided answering questions about his involvement in the ‘Kitchen’ plot as well as his relationship with the former leader of the PP María Dolores de Cospedal or the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior in order, as he said in Congress, not to harm his defense strategy in the National Court. Gómez Gordo, who was Cospedal’s position of trust In her stage as president of Castilla-La Mancha, she has been pointed out by other commanders as the person who captured Sergio Ríos, the driver from Bárcenas. José Ángel Fuentes Gago was assigned to the Deputy Directorate of Operations (DAO) of the National Police when the alleged case of espionage against Bárcenas took place, with Jorge Fernández Díaz being Minister of the Interior. The chief inspector of the Police assured in Congress that he had no relationship or knew anything in relation to this operation to steal sensitive information from the former PP treasurer. In addition, he regretted that “no one paid any attention” to the need to investigate the leak of a report on the assets of retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, whose arrest in 2017 precipitated the investigation that led to the Kitchen case.