The Provincial Court of Zaragoza has exonerated former Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in connection with the alleged illegal entry into Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, according to El Heraldo de Aragón and confirmed by legal sources. The head of the Court of Investigation No. 7, Rafael Lasala, has already opened a case against the former chief of staff of González Laya, the diplomat Camilo Villarino, but has upheld the accusation of the former foreign minister, which was appealed by the public prosecutor and the prosecutor’s office. Lawyer Status.
Now the provincial court of Zaragoza agreed with them and filed a case against Gonzalez Laya, without assessing the existence of a crime. Ghali entered Spain via Zaragoza Air Base on April 18, 2021 for treatment at the San Pedro de Logroño hospital for a serious covid. After testifying via videoconference before National High Court Judge Manuel Pedras, without taking any precautions, he left Spain via Pamplona Airport on 1 June.
The former minister was initially charged with evasion, forgery and concealment on the grounds that she concealed the entrance of the leader of the Polisario from justice and used false documents to enter the hospital, but the first fact was not confirmed demonstrated and the second was not part of his duties
On the contrary, the magistrates understand that the permission granted to Ghali to enter Spain is “secretly, so as not to affect our relations with other countries, the form of the external relations of our kingdom and the correctness or incorrectness of the said decision and the consequences arising from it may be subject to criticism” , but it is “a political act that goes beyond” criminal law.
Ghali’s entry into Spain was the trigger for a major diplomatic crisis with Morocco, culminating in the entry of over 10,000 illegal immigrants into Ceuta on May 17 and 18, 2020, and which was not closed until President Pedro Sánchez changed last March the traditional position. Spain in the conflict in the Sahara. González Laya was fired as a result of government refurbishment in July 2020.
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