All the controversies of Marlaska in Interior: dismissals, rapprochement of ETA members and the fence of Melilla

All the controversies of Marlaska in Interior: dismissals, rapprochement of ETA members and the fence of Melilla


The minister resists at the head of the Interior despite the numerous conflicts that began as soon as he left the National Court to access the position

Tragedy on the fence of Melilla, on June 24, 2022.E. M.
  • Courts The Supreme Court annuls the dismissal of Colonel Prez de los Cobos ordered by Minister Marlaska
  • Interior PP and Cs demand the “withering dismissal” of Marlaska for promoting the “illegal” dismissal of Pérez de los Cobos

Of the 17 ministers with whom Pedro Sánchez was photographed in June 2018 after winning the motion of no confidence, only half a dozen have survived all the government crises, large and small, like the one on Monday. Fernando Grande-Marlaska is one of them, despite the long list of conflicts that he has led as Minister of the Interior in his almost five years in office.


Within two months of taking office, Grande-Marlaska, who had become known as j

Judge for his hardness against


in the National Court, began the deactivation of the policy of dispersal of prisoners that the president of the Government had agreed with the left

a patriot

. The minister completed the operation last Friday. Along the way, she left behind a medal of honor that


agreed to withdraw him by acclamation.

The Ciudadanos protesters had to be escorted out of the LGTBI Pride 2019 demonstration.

The Ciudadanos protesters had to be escorted out of the LGTBI Pride 2019 demonstration.



In July 2019, representatives of Ciudadanos were rebuked and attacked at the gay pride demonstration. Hours before, Grande-Marlaska had criticized the participation of Cs, equating it with Vox. The police report sided with the minister and ruled out crimes. Suspecting that the police report had been manipulated to defuse the controversy, the party appealed to the Prosecutor’s Office. The Public Prosecutor’s Office did see a crime of coercion with ideological discrimination, but it had to file the matter after verifying that, despite the abundance of videos of the events, the Police had not identified anyone.


During the state of alarm, the Interior imposed more than 600,000 sanctions for breaching the restrictions. She did so despite the fact that the State Attorney had warned that it was not possible to apply the Citizen Security Law and that the fines would be null. Grande-Marlaska insisted on using the gag law and, indeed, the courts began to annul the fines, until the Constitutional Court ended all of them at once.


The command of the National Police responsible for Occupational Risks warned from the first bars of the pandemic that gloves and masks had to be used. He ended up dismissed, accused of leaking an Interior document that reflected little interest in taking action. Marlaska also dismissed the head of the UCO

Manuel Sanchez Corb

, which had revealed the lack of funds for the operation of the unit. In that case, the Supreme Court endorsed the decision, unlike what happened now with Diego Pérez de los Cobos, separated for not having the minister informed of a politically sensitive case in which the judge requested confidentiality.


At least 23 migrants died in June last year when they tried to force their way into Melilla. Marlaska flatly denied that there had been any deaths in Spanish territory. Subsequent reports suggested that the Moroccan agents had taken it upon themselves to drag those who had died on formally Spanish soil to their side of the border crossing.


In June 2021, the minister supported in Congress the actions of some police officers who had entered without judicial authorization into a home where a party was being held that did not meet the capacity limits. The minister’s arguments – that this was not a home, but a place for parties – were deactivated in the judicial investigation and the sub-inspector whom the minister supported is going to sit on the bench for trespassing. The episode evoked the law of the kick in the door that opened its hand to the police entry into homes and ended up taking the minister ahead

Jose Luis Corcuera


The General of the Civil Guard Francisco Espinosa Navas, accused in the 'Meditor case'.

The General of the Civil Guard Francisco Espinosa Navas, accused in the ‘Meditor case’.

E. M.


It is not usual for a division general of the Civil Guard to be arrested, but that is what happened with

Francisco Espinosa

in it

mediator case

. Despite the fact that many were suspicious of his behavior in the Canary Islands, the command was appointed as the head of the EU security project in the Sahel. Today he is waiting in prison for clarification of his involvement in the plot, in which he would have taken advantage of his privileged position in the Civil Guard to do business.


The Mediator case offered many ends to pull and one of them led to the heart of the Civil Guard. One of the businessmen who was around the imprisoned general was being investigated for a multitude of reforms in barracks awarded at the suggestion of another high command,

Pedro Vzquez Jarava

, then Deputy Director General of Support. Interior argues that the investigation stopped with the PP in the Government. This is how the case currently stands: paralyzed after a year waiting for the Interior to appoint the experts that the judge is demanding to certify the irregularities and advance the investigation.

The general director of the Civil Guard, Mar

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gómez, announces her resignation as head of the Armed Institute.



On the 22nd, the director of the Civil Guard,

Mara Gmez

, announced his resignation by surprise. Her husband had just called to testify as accused of corruption in one of the branches of the ERE case.

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