Cablegate: Spain Bios On New Justice and Interior
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 001621
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL SP PSOE
SUBJECT: SPAIN BIOS ON NEW JUSTICE AND INTERIOR
1. (U) Summary: This is the final of three
cables on new top level official in the Spanish
government. Biographical information on top
officials in Spain's Ministries of Justice and
Interior is provided. See septels for bios on
the Office of the President, and Ministries of
the Presidency, Foreign Affairs, and Defense.
Ministry of Justice
2. (SBU) Newly named senior officials in the
Ministry of Justice include:
(A) LUIS LOPEZ GUERRA - Secretary of State of
Lopez, born in 1947 in Leon, holds a degree in
law and political science and a doctoral degree
in law from the Complutense University of Madrid.
He was professor of constitutional law at the
University Carlos III. He served as the
spokesperson for the Central Electoral
Commission, magistrate and vice president of the
Constitutional Court, and vice president of the
General Council of the Judicial Power between
1996 and 2001. In May 2003, the Spanish
Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) named him a
representative in the Madrid Assembly.
(B) ANA MARIA DE MIGUEL LANGA - Under Secretary
Born July 1957 in Madrid, De Miguel holds a
degree in political science and sociology from
the Complutense University of Madrid, and a
degree in law from the National Distance
University of Education.
De Miguel served as deputy director general of
personnel administration in the Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food; and deputy
directory of Planning, Payment, and Costs in
Office of Human Resources in the former Ministry
of Infrastructure, Transportation, and
Environment. Since November 1996, De Miguel has
served as chief inspector general in the Ministry
of Public Works.
(C) DAVID GIMENEZ GLUCK - Director of the
Cabinet of the Minister of Justice.
Gimenez is a lawyer and holds doctoral degree in
law from the University of Valencia. He was the
general coordinator of the master's degree
program on European Community institutions
policies at the University of Valencia. He was
also vice secretary of the Faculty of Law.
Gimenez was associate professor of constitutional
law at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He
was named coordinator of the office of the
secretary general of civil liberties and
development within Spain's autonomous communities
by the PSOE Federal Executive Committee.
Ministry of Interior
3. (SBU) The following are newly named officials
in the Ministry of Interior:
(A) ANTONIO CAMACHO VIZCAINO - Secretary of State
Camacho, 39, is a career public prosecutor and
judge. He served in the Superior Court of
Justice of Valencia from 1991 to 1993. Camacho
served in the office of the public prosecutor for
Superior Court of Justice in Madrid. He was also
assigned to the courts in cities of Valdemoro and
Getafe, the department of penitentiary
monitoring, and the technical secretariat. He
served as spokesperson for the Progressive Union
of Public Prosecutors from 2000 to 2003. In
2003, he became president of the Progressive
(B) SOLEDAD LOPEZ FERNANDEZ - Under Secretary of
Born 1959 in Andalusia, Lopez holds a degree in
law from the University of Granada. She served
as technical advisor on labor issues in the
office of the ombudsman and labor inspector in
the Canary Islands. In 1989, Lopez was named
deputy secretary general to the under secretary
of the Ministry of Relations with the Spanish
Parliament, secretary of government, and director
of cabinet for the Ministry of Social Affairs.
In 1996, she served as an advisor on labor and
social affairs in Spain's embassy in Cuba. Since
1998, Lopez has been inspector general of labor
and social security in Madrid.
(C) JOSE LUIS DE BENITO Y BENITEZ DE LUGO -
Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of the
De Benito was born March 1956 in Zamora. He has
a degree in law from the University of Salamanca.
He has been a judge, assistant magistrate for
labor issues, and a member of the General Council
on the Judicial Power.
De Benito has been assigned to the courts of
Santa Cruz in Las Palmas, Fonsagrada, La Lagoon,
Granada and Salamanca. In the General Council on
the Judicial Power, de Benito served in the
inspection services and in the area of continuing
education. He was director of the Department of
Training in the state Judicial School and
director of its records department. In 1999, he
was named director of statistical services, and
director of continuing education at the Judicial
School. Since 2002, de Benito has served as
administrative director for analysis and planning
in the General Council on the Judicial Power.