Police are investigating whether the shooting of Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former president of the PP in Catalonia and founder of Vox, is related to his work as a lawyer defending opponents of the Iranian regime. That is one of the lines of work, according to investigation sources informed EL MUNDO. Vidal-Quadras, 78 years old, handles cases of this nature in his Barcelona law firm and since the shooting occurred yesterday at noon, his surroundings have linked him to the Iranian route.
As this newspaper has learned, Vidal-Quadras himself informed the hospital doctors that the Iranian regime was behind his assassination attempt. He did it when he arrived wounded by a bullet in the jaw and before entering the operating room to undergo maxillofacial surgery. After the intervention, the doctors transmitted what the victim said to the Police.
Agents keep several lines open. The robbery hypothesis is ruled out from the first moment. The agents of Homicide Group V and the Information Brigade focus on several possibilities, one of them related to work in their office. The fact that Information has taken on the case points to the political motive as the main hypothesis.
Vidal-Quadras was under scrutiny by the Iranian regime for his contacts with the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran group. The former politician, who has a deep relationship with the Iranian exile, insisted yesterday before the Police that he had “no other enemies.” Vidal-Quadras was one of the first politicians that Tehran included on its terrorist list.
The National Council of the Resistance of Iran (CNRI), with links for many years to Vidal-Quadras and financier of the Vox campaign in 2014, yesterday “strongly” condemned the attack and recalled the animosity of the Tehran regime. Shahin Gobadi, member of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed that the clerical regime’s virulent enmity with Vidal-Quadras is “in the public domain.”