La Voz has accessed the video of the Civil Guard, as well as the testimony of people close to magistrate Ricardo Fiestras, who give their version of what happened in a town in Yaiza, as the judge admits the offence but denies the circulating rumours.
As a result of this episode, which led to a proposal for sanction by the Civil Guard, it has also been questioned whether the magistrate tried to use his position or if he had an inappropriate attitude towards the agents, something that his friends denies. For this reason, they wanted to convey to La Voz their version of events, although this newspaper which has also accessed the video of the agents' intervention.
According to people close to the judge, the magistrate was staying with his partner in this chalet, within a tourist complex that is closed due to the health crisis. In addition, another couple of friends were staying in the same complex. They were joined on Thursday by another adult and four children from the two couples. The latter, as the same sources have indicated to La Voz, are university students who had just arrived from Madrid.
In total nine people joined, when the current regulations in Lanzarote -which is at alert level 4 only allows meetings of a maximum of two people if they are not living together. At that time, they acknowledge that they started having a pool party, drinking beer and playing music, which prompted a neighbour to call the Civil Guard.
According to the judge's friends, when the agents arrived he had retired to the living room, where he was watching TV with his partner. There, they affirm that when they saw various Civil Guard crews , some of the young people “got scared and went to hide”, while another went to notify Ricardo Fiestras, “knowing that he was a judge, to see if he could handle the situation ”.
According to the friends, he then left the room and went to the porch. "Without any kind of arrogance, or lack of respect, or using his position, and without initially identifying himself as a magistrate, he proceeded to identify the people who were in the house and the agent who was there, asked him with all the kindness with all due respect that he identified himself to find out who he was in case the thing later transcended they maintain.
Then, they report that a corporal who was also present identified himself as the person in charge of the proceedings, so the judge also asked him for his agent number. It was at that time that they affirmed that Ricardo Fiestras made reference to his status as a magistrate, but they maintain that he limited himself to asking: " Do you know that I am an investigating judge?" . To this, they affirm that the agents' response was: "Yes, yes, we know you, Your Honour." In addition, they also emphasize that at the party there was no lawyer from the administration of justice (what was previously known as a judicial secretary), as has been published. La Voz has been able to confirm, there was a lawyer, who is the judge's partner, but not a judicial official.
After identifying all those present and taking a statement from them, the agents left, with the proposed sanction for an administrative offense. In this regard, from the judge's friends they insist on ensuring that there was no attempt by the magistrate to obstruct the work of the Civil Guard.
However, they admit that this party was a "violation of the rules" and affirm that they are willing to accept the sanction that may be imposed.
The Canary Islands High Court of Justice have not ruled on these events and do not plan to intervene, since they consider it to be "a particular issue".