Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

By Pedro Sedano |

Burgos, September 22 (EFE).- The president of the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y Leon (TSJ-CYL), José Luis Concepcion, criticized the “calculated attack” on judges in Spain this Thursday.

In his speech at the beginning of the judicial year, which was attended by, among others, the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Manueco, Concepcion said he views these attacks “with great concern”, both against the judiciary. Against leadership and judges who have to resolve processes involving political, media or economic interests.

According to him, the judiciary is no stranger to the “decomposing process that Spain is going through”.

He exemplifies these attacks by declaring Larena, judge of the Catalan City Council of San Cugat del Valles, “persona non grata”, a “process” case instructor and a resident of that city for almost thirty years, who “did nothing but do your duty.”

He also warned of “eager calls to decriminalize political life” and the “dangerous need” to escape judicial intervention.

According to him, such a proposal has the “dubious intention” of substituting law enforcement for other sources “more mindful of the illegal behavior with which we so often breakfast.”

Photo of the provincial courtroom in Valladolid. EFE/Nacho Gallego


The TSJ-CYL president also referred to the right to grace, which he branded as “reminiscent of absolute monarchy”.

According to him, this right is not compatible with a modern state, as long as it is not used to achieve the rehabilitation of the prisoner, to correct a possible judicial error or to soften the severity of the punishment legally imposed; and provided that it does not damage or infringe the rights of third parties.

He asserts that if it does not fit any of these assumptions, the right of grace is an “intolerable interference” with another power of the state, such as the judiciary.

For Concepcion, who did not refer to any specific cases in his speech, this “shameful intervention” endangers the state itself when it is used in an abusive manner for purely utilitarian interests, with no other objective than general political advantage, and without a hint of remorse from the perpetrators. Sentenced.

The President of the TSJ-CYL considered that this method of exercising the right of grace constitutes a violation of the principle of equality and is “prohibited to the power of the people” by the Constitution due to its arbitrariness.

After emphasizing the “sad scene” of the non-renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary and warning of the risk of blocking the European recovery fund if this situation continues, Concepcion dedicated a few words to the recognition of a lawyer. The administration of justice and a retired TSJ-CYL magistrate and judge Sonsoles Sanchidrian, stabbing a litigant while leaving the court in Santa María la Real de Niva (Segovia).

“This attack only proves the indifference of those who have the responsibility of providing judicial power, which means, in an “incompetent and irresponsible” manner and despite repeated requests from the TSJCYL, neglected the most basic security in many judicial offices”, he added. Concepción.EFE

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