At aPeration Orion Madrid of the Civil Guard against drug trafficking ended on May 31, 2021 with the arrest of four officials who serve in the Madrid prison of Valdemoro (Madrid III). Three of them were jailed for four and a half months in Estremera prison (Madrid VII), pointed out by the director of Valdemoro and several prisoners to the investigators and accused of drug trafficking in prison, among other crimes. The fourth official was spared because the director acknowledged having made a mistake in giving his name to the Civil Guard. Later they were proven innocent and on May 25, 2022, the court case against them was completely closed. But Angel Luis OrtizGeneral Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions (IIPP) and number one of the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-MarlaskaFar from congratulating himself on Prison issues, he said on June 10 during a meeting with union representatives that he supported the actions of the current director of the Valdemoro prison (Madrid III) in this case, although the prison workers they were innocent.
The meeting where Ángel Luis Ortiz publicly ratified the director of the Valdemoro prison, Jose Antonio Luis de La Iglesia, took place during the official opening of a new bakery inside the prison. All this happened to the astonishment of the prison union representatives in Valdemoro, who know the innocence of their colleagues firsthand. The General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions, who was accompanied by the head of Penitentiary Work and Training for Employment, blamed the error that ended with four officers arrested, three of them imprisoned and the four on psychological leave due to the trauma suffered by them and their families, to the “certificate of the Civil Guard” and fully and unwaveringly supported the still director of Valdemoro, Jose Antonio Luis de la Iglesia during the half hour that the informal meeting lasted.
the talk of Angel Luis Ortiz It came in response to a letter sent by the unions with representation in Valdemoro -ACAIP-UGT, APFP, CCOO and CSIF- on May 31, 2022 to the Minister of the Interior. In this letter, the representatives of the officials requested that close the open administrative file against the three officials who went to jail, that they be reinstated in their jobs and that the director of the Valdemoro prison, José Luis de la Iglesia, be dismissed. The Secretary of Prisons He promised that the Ministry of the Interior “was preparing a response” to these requests. None of this has happened yet, nor has the Interior responded to them or taken the requests into account.
According to one of those present at that meeting in Valdemoro of the director of Penitentiary Institutions with the unions, “Ortiz came to tell us that the Civil Guard was to blame. And that he believed the director and that thanks to the director they had not imprisoned the one who was only detained for three days ».
Ortiz was referring to the fourth official, named Miguel Ángel, who was never jailed because José Luis de la Iglesia, the director of Valdemoro, went to the judge to rectify the data offered a few days before to the Civil Guard, which caused the four arrests. The director said he was wrong about Michelangelo “because there were many”, when specifically pointing out this official, who since 2018 worked in the open section of the prison and, therefore, could not have introduced any drug into the prison, one of the crimes of which he was accused the four detained officials.
Miguel Ángel is still on psychological leave due to these events and has requested a meeting with the Secretary General of Penitentiary Institutions to “get him out of his mistake and provide him with the data that disproves it,” people around him assure OKDIARIO.
The General Secretary of IIPP did not tell the union representatives that in reality the director of Valdemoro went to the judge to rectify his statement before the Civil Guard after Miguel Ángel’s defense threatened to accuse him of false testimony.
Union sources state that this penitentiary center has gone from being one of the most requested destinations by prison officials in all of Spain to become one of those that generates the most vacancies and the first destination for career vacancies and they add that «this fact is the most serious thing I have experienced in Prisons, after the ETA attacks or the kidnapping of Ortega Lara . They put four innocent people in prison and now no one is responsible.
The three innocent officials entered the Estremera prison on May 31, 2021, accused of “criminal organization, prevarication, bribery, crime against public health (drug trafficking) and omission of the duty to prosecute crimes,” according to the prison order. They were released on October 14, 2021, four and a half months later. The judge of the Investigating Court number 4 of Valdemoro decreed their release and later the final filing of the case after hearing the delirious testimonies of the prisoners in court, the only evidence against them, and definitively filed the case against them on May 25, 2022.
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