Alicia Sánchez-Camacho

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Alicia Sánchez-Camacho
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Member of the Catalan Parliament
In office
6 July 2008 – 27 October 2015
Constituency Barcelona
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
14 March 2004 – 9 March 2008
Constituency Barcelona
Personal details
Born Alicia Sánchez-Camacho Pérez
(1966-04-22) 22 April 1966 (age 52)
Blanes, Catalonia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party People's Party of Catalonia
Occupation Lawyer

Alicia Sánchez-Camacho Pérez (born 22 April 1966) is a Spanish lawyer and politician. She has served as the President of the People's Party in Catalonia since 6 July 2008.[1]

Sánchez-Camacho was born to Manchego and Extremaduran parents in Blanes. Her father was a Guardia Civil officer.[2]

Sánchez-Camacho was elected as a deputy for the Province of Girona in the Catalan parliamentary elections of 1999 and 2003.[3] She was also elected as the Deputy for Barcelona Province in the Spanish general election of 2004.[4] On 16 April 2008, Sánchez-Camacho was appointed by the Parliament of Catalonia to replace Daniel Sirera as one of its eight representatives in the Spanish Senate.[4]

Following the People's Party's poor performance in Catalonia at the 2008 Spanish general election, Daniel Sirera reluctantly resigned as its regional chairman under pressure from the party's national leader, Mariano Rajoy.[5] Sánchez-Camacho was Rajoy's chosen candidate for the regional chairmanship. She was challenged by Montserrat Nebrera, who ran on a more liberal-minded platform.[1] Despite having the backing of the national leadership, Sánchez-Camacho polled a lower-than-expected 56% in winning the run-off election.[1]

Ahead of the 2010 Catalan parliamentary election, Sánchez-Camacho took the unusual step in Spanish politics of setting up the country's tolerance of high immigration as a key campaign topic.[6][7] Again, in 2013 and 2017, she was involved in the "Camargate" case, where she recorded a conversation with the objective of incriminating Catalan sovereignist parties and politicians in 2010.[8]

Controversies[edit]

Xenophobic content[edit]

In April 2010, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho was forced to apologize publicly for a diptych with radical xenophobic content with allusions to the skinheads of the city of Badalona, edited by the PP of Badalona (Barcelona), which linked Romanian citizens settled in the municipality with crime and the need for radical population increase to eradicate this "plague".[9] The national leadership of his party had rejected the message the previous day after his complaint by the media. Subsequently, he visited the municipality accompanied by the French MEP Marie Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid to check on the ground the situation of the Romanian Gypsy community in the neighborhoods of Salud and San Roque and hear the testimonies of the neighbors about the alleged bad coexistence with the Romanian community. On that same visit, Sánchez-Camacho asked the government for more border control and defended a "legal and orderly" immigration.[10]

Camargate[edit]

In June 2013, a four-minutes conversation, referred to by the media as Camargate, was made public, held with María Victoria "Vicky" Álvarez (former sentimental partner of Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, Jordi Pujol's son) in the restaurant La Camarga, in L'Eixample of Barcelona, carried out by the Detective Agency Método 3, whose total duration was later uncovered by the Diario Público.[11] The objective of the recording, whose participation Sánchez-Camacho strongly denied at the time, was to launch the so-called "Operation Catalonia", a political plot led by the PP against Catalan sovereignist parties and politicians. Declaring that the Pujol family had a fortune in Andorra would, according to Sanchez-Camacho, later "start Jordi Pujol Ferrusola's imputation". Denying his relationship with the case implied that he loaned false testimony before a judicial declaration and the commission of investigation of the Parlament de Catalunya.[12]

The recording took place on July 7, 2010, and its duration was 2 hours and 22 minutes. First, the employee of Método 3 Alejandro Borreguero came to the restaurant with a vase of flowers that had a built-in microphone inside, and that would serve as a centerpiece. The recordings, which had already begun when the employee entered the restaurant shortly before 2:00 p.m., confirmed a conversation between the agent and a manager in which the assignment of Sánchez-Camacho was alluded to. In addition, he stated that Método 3 would take over the price of the meal. During the recording of the meal, which began after the technician left the restaurant, Sánchez-Camacho declared "Vicky, in the event that we could now do something with all of this, this meal has never happened.", " I have very good contacts inside the police [...] and I knew who they were going to arrest " and, especially, "I have a public prosecutor of my trust". Later, Sánchez-Camacho delivered a report with the results of the recording to the Ministry of the Interior, whose president Jorge Fernández Díaz would later also be involved in the "Operation Catalonia ".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sánchez Camacho no aceptará que Nebrera le reclame "nada" apelando al importante apoyo conseguido" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "La hija del comandante" (in Spanish). ABC. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alicia Sánchez Camacho: "Preferiría pactar con la CiU de Jordi Pujol"" (in Spanish). El Periódico de Catalunya. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, la candidata de Rajoy" (in Spanish). RTVE. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sirera renuncia tras la apuesta de Rajoy por Sánchez Camacho para liderar el PP catalán" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bad new days: Spain and immigration". The Economist. 394 (8668): 40. 6 February 2010. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Tom Worden (8 February 2010). "Spain sees sixfold increase in immigrants over decade". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Bayo, Carlos Enrique; López, Patricia. "Sánchez-Camacho prestó falso testimonio sobre su grabación con la ex de Jordi Pujol Jr" (in Spanish). Público. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  9. ^ García, Jesús; Piñol, Ángels (26 April 2010). "Sánchez-Camacho pide disculpas por el polémico panfleto xenófobo de Badalona" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Sánchez Camacho (PP) pide al Gobierno más control en las fronteras para evitar un "efecto llamada"". europapress.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sánchez Camacho: 'Tengo un fiscal de confianza en lo del Palau. A la Policía no podemos ir'" (in Spanish). Público. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Nuevos audios evidencian el falso testimonio de Sánchez-Camacho" (in Spanish). El Triangle. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Bayo, Carlos Eneique; López, Patricia (14 February 2017). "Sánchez-Camacho dio a Interior el material del primer informe contra la familia Pujol" (in Spanish). Público. Retrieved 3 November 2017.