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Cablegate: Congen Barcelona Action On Rosalini Case And

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RR RUEHLA
DE RUEHMD #1806 2610942
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 180942Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3440
INFO RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3054

UNCLAS MADRID 001806

SIPDIS

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STATE FOR EUR/WE (ESAMSON) AND L/CID (TFEIGHENERY)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP CASC ECON SP
SUBJECT: CONGEN BARCELONA ACTION ON ROSALINI CASE AND
EMBASSY APPROACH TO MINISTRY OF CULTURE

REF: A. (A) 9/13/07 MICO-SCHONANDER E-MAIL (B) MADRID
01725 (C) 8/6/07 SCHONANDER-ALLEGRONE
E-MAIL (D) MADRID 00142
B. (E) 06 MADRID 02793 (F) 06 MADRID 01848

1. This message is sensitive but unclassified.

2. This is an action cable. See para. 3.

3. ConGen Barcelona called the Audiencia Provincial de
Barcelona on 9/12/07 and learned that Dugan Rosalini's case
has been postponed until sometime in early April, 2008. The
case is being handled by the Seccion Novena Penal of the
Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona (Tel: 93 567 3109). The
case number is: Summary Criminal Proceeding 248/06 B. The
court clerk told the Consulate that the trial was being
postponed to "allow the U.S. trial to take place first."
There is an outstanding Cook County, Illinois judgment, but
the Embassy is unaware of an ongoing U.S. trial. Embassy
requests Department ascertain what possible court proceeding
the Catalan court clerk might be referring to.

4. EmbOff discussed the case with Ministry of Culture
International Cooperation Director General Carlos Alberdi on
9/13/07. Alberdi told EmbOff that the former Under Secretary
of Culture, Antonio Hidalgo, was interested in seeking a
solution. In fact, this was the reason he asked for a 7/6/07
appointment with EmbOff. However, the meeting was cancelled
because on that day, Minister Carmen Calvo and Under
Secretary Antonio Hidalgo were replaced by Cesar Antonio

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Molina and Dolores Carrion respectively. Alberdi said he
would discuss the case with the new team, but he did know
whether they would be especially interested in the issue as
they are not associated with the Barcelona Forum.
AGUIRRE

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