Article published by Catalan News Agency, 21st June 2016
Photo: Current Spanish Minister for Home Affairs, Jorge Fernández Díaz (by ACN)
Barcelona (CNA).- Current Spanish Minister for Home Affairs and governing People’s Party candidate to run for the Spanish Elections in Barcelona province, Jorge Fernández Díaz, has been involved in a conspiracy scandal. According to Spanish newspaper ‘Público’ Fernández Díaz and the Director of the Spanish Anti-fraud Office, Daniel de Alfonso Laso, allegedly plotted to find different ways to accuse and discredit Catalonia’s main pro-independence parties left-wing ERC and liberal Convergència. The conversations between Fernández Díaz and Laso which ‘Público’ published this Tuesday are said to have taken place in 2014. Catalan Government spokeswoman and CDC member, Neus Munté, has called for Fernández Díaz “to offer explanations” and other parties are already urging him to resign. The revelations come five days before the 26-J Spanish Elections.
“I will not resign, it is the Minister [for Home Affairs] who should do so”, stated the Director of Spanish Anti-fraud Office, Daniel de Alfonso Laso, in a radio interview this Tuesday, after the scandal was made public.
The recording suggests that both Fernández Díaz and Alfonso de Laso were allegedly trying to find suspicious dealings, business or family connections to discredit members of ERC and CDC. “Don’t do it yourself; selling it to the press and always naming the Spanish Police’s division for Economic and Fiscal crimes (UDEF) you will lose favour”, suggested Alfonso de Laso to current Spanish Minister for Home Affairs on the recording, “give the information to me instead”.
Some parts of the conversation also reveal how de Laso considered some information to be “too soft” and Fernández Díaz suggested going further so as to involve former Catalan Ministers, Convergència’s Felip Puig and Francesc Homs. Other pieces of the dialogue point to the brother of Catalan Vice-President, Oriol Junqueras, who was ERC’s leader at the time.
Catalan parties react
“We call for [Fernández Díaz’s] resignation and that of the Director of the Spanish Anti-fraud Office”, stated Catalan Minister for Justice, Carles Mundó. “It is unacceptable that such a meeting to plot against political adversaries took place”.
Catalan Government spokeswoman, Neus Munté, assured that she is “outraged” by the news and said on Twitter that “urgent explanations” were needed, as well as “assuming responsibility”.
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