Five and a half months after Brahim Ghali left Spain after his hospitalization caused by Lady Covid the amount of the bill for his stay remains a mystery. The cost of medical care for the 44 days of admission to Brahim Ghali’s San Pedro de Logroño hospital would amount to 100,000 euros according to lawyer Antonio Urdiales. For pneumonia caused by the coronavirus it is dear to the eyes of the Spanish citizen.
The latter asked the examining magistrate Rafael Lasala, in a letter, to charge the Provincial Information Brigade of Zaragoza with an investigation in order to know “a.s.a.p»The costs incurred«For the stay and the treatment“From the separatist to the Riojan hospital”from admission to departure“, Indicating the”total amount” and “whether it was paid by the patient or by a third party, as well as the means of payment“. It is also requested that the occupants of the ambulance that transported him to Logroño be identified last April. It is that the investigation into the entry into Spain of the separatist leader, led by Lasala is drifting and some even advance accusations of embezzlement that would join those of protection or tendentious support, lie and prevarication to which former Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzales Laya and his former chief of staff, diplomat Camilo Villarino, are already subject. The investigation in this direction is carried out under the dome of the head of the investigating court number 7 of Zaragoza, Rafael Lasala.
For the request introduced by the lawyer Antonio Urdiales, the magistrate hoped through the testimony of the director Seris (Riojan Health Service) in recent days to shed light on the case. But in his statement, Alberto Lafuente, said he was not aware of the amount of this invoice and more is, did not know if Ghali had paid it, as he had promised to do in writing. Indeed, on entering the hospital, the latter had to fill out (someone did it on his behalf) a request form for assistance to patients not funded by the National Health System in the name of Mohamed Benbatouche. , without leaving any trace of the identification number or address of his document. Ghali arrived in Logroño accompanied by his son and his personal doctor, but the police do not know who signed this document. In this form, the separatist leader asked “from health care to the public health system of La Rioja“And promised to take charge financially”the expenses derived from the aid, by paying the invoice that will be sent to him for the services provided“.
The prosecution intends, moreover, that the police brigade also clarify how much it cost and who paid for the transfer by ambulance of the leader of the Polisario Front on April 18 from Zaragoza to Logroño (in a medical vehicle of the health service of the Rioja). Likewise, counsel considers it necessary to identify the “driver and occupantsFrom the ambulance (a driver, a doctor and a nurse who traveled from Logroño with the approval of the director of Seris and the president of Rioja herself, the socialist Concha Andreu. The prosecution demands that they all testify as witnesses in order to “know the details of the transfer“.
For Urdiales, the whole operation of introducing Ghali “clandestinely and illegally” in Spain “had no humanitarian purpose“, Because the treatment he received in Spain to defeat the Covid”could have been done without any problem in Algeria“. In any case, he specifies, this alleged humanitarian purpose “is in no way a cause or a reason for exemption from criminal liability for the possible commission of crimes of concealment, falsification or lying“.
In its letter, the prosecution also demands that the investigating judge summon the chief intelligence inspector to testify as a suspect, because at the request of the judge of the National Court, Santiago Pedraz – who at the time had two cases opened against Ghali for crimes of genocide, torture and illegal detention, among others – went to Logroño hospital to corroborate that the patient admitted under the false identity of Mohamed Benbatouche was in reality Brahim Ghali. According to lawyer Urdiales, the police command had “full knowledge of an offense of falsifying an official document” [en apprenant que le leader du polisario s’était enregistré avec un faux passeport].