The agents, arrested in Barcelona, are investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court for a crime of concealment.
The National Police has stopped at midday in Barcelona Xavier Goicoechea Fernandez and Carlos de Pedro Lopez , the two Mossos traveling with the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont in the vehicle that was heading to Brussels, as confirmed by police sources.
The arrest was carried out by agents of the General Information Office in the framework of Investigation Proceedings number 40/2018 filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of the National High Court for an alleged crime of concealment after the complaint filed by the police.
Carlos Lopez has been arrested at 12.45 at the El Prat Airport, where he has just landed on a flight from Brussels. Xavier Goicoechea was arrested a quarter of an hour later, at 1:00 pm, in the vicinity of his home, in the town of Vilassar de Mar.
The National Police opened an investigation to both Mossos after learning that they were two of the four companions who traveled with Puigdemont when he was arrested at a gas station near the border with Denmark.
The police sent yesterday to the Public Prosecutor’s Office a report to determine if these two agents had committed some criminal behavior for having helped the former president of the Generalitat to withdraw from the action of the Justice, since then it was known that the judge of the Supreme Court Pablo Llarena had issued a European arrest warrant against the politician.
Xabier Goicoechea is assigned to the department of escorts, while Carlos de Pedro worked as a Citizen Security, according to police sources. Both had requested a few days off for personal matters, after which they had allegedly moved to Belgium to help protect the former president of the Generalitat.
Goicoechea and De Pedro were in charge of driving from the Belgian town of Waterloo to Sweden the Renault Espace vehicle that the politician habitually used in his travels in Belgium. A journey of 1,600 kilometers that had like objective to pick up in the Scandinavian country to Puigdemont, after this it left by sea Finland after the reactivation of the order of detention against him.
On that outward journey, the vehicle was controlled by the National Intelligence Center (CNI) , which allowed the secret service to know what route the Catalan politician intended to follow to return to Belgium. On the return trip, already with the five occupants, the car was intercepted by the German police at the gas station where they had stopped to refuel 30 kilometers from the border with Denmark.
In the first communication that the Berlin authorities sent to Madrid, just eight minutes after the arrest through the body- the SIRENE Bureau police cooperation among the countries of the Schengen space, only the presence of was collected four occupants in the vehicle, but without detailing their names. However, shortly thereafter, the Spanish police identified the two agents of the Mossos, as well as the businessman Josep Maria Matamala and the historian Josep Lluis Alay as the companions of the politician.