It is a veritable paving stone in the pond that the Spanish Defense Ministry threw through the air force and the General Chief of the Zaragoza Air Base, José Luis Ortiz-Canavate, in this case. Indeed, the latter admitted before the Spanish justice that the separatist Brahim Ghali did not pass the passport control on order of Foreign Affairs.
The high-ranking official assured that on April 18, he received an order by telephone from the Air Force staff according to which the Algerian plane should not undergo any checks and that its occupants should not pass neither passport control nor customs. Thus, in a response document addressed to Rafael Lasala, investigating judge of Court number 7 of Zaragoza, to which the daily “EL ESPAÑOL” had access and which it published on Thursday, the army of the air admits she didn’t know who was traveling on the plane. The magistrate, investigating judge had effectively demanded, in an order dated June 11, two weeks after the separatist had left Spain, that the Defense disclose who had authorized Ghali’s entry into Spanish territory.
The judge had opened an investigation procedure to find out whether Ghali had entered Spain with false documents. The magistrate’s order encompassing a total of nine questions had been addressed to the military air command at Zaragoza airport. The ordinance granted a period of five days to this military authority to transmit all the data to it, which was done. Ultimately, the air force has just recognized before the judge that Brahim Ghali, had entered Spanish territory by bypassing passport control on the day of his arrival, in an Algerian plane and coming from Algeria.
In the response to the judge, the general goes even further and details how the ministry headed by Arancha Gonzalez Laya directly ordered the military so that Ghali enters Spain without identifying himself, thus bypassing the established protocol in the matter. entry into Spain by air. The order for the reception of this Algerian plane comes from the International Relations Section of the Air Staff. It was said over the phone that a patient with an Algerian diplomatic passport was traveling on the plane, which arrived on a medical stretcher and was accompanied by another person. At the Zaragoza base, it was not known who was in this plane, since none of its occupants were identified, the document continues, “passports not having been requested” to do so.
The general-in-chief also explains that the orders which were given from the Air Force staff at the air base, not to carry out the usual customs and immigration procedures, ” were sent to it by the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation “. The instructions transmitted by the General Staff to the officials of the military air base in the Aragonese capital were clear: “ the crew and occupants of the aircraft did not have to go through the usual passport or customs checks that are required of all passengers arriving from countries outside the Schengen area “.