The PSOE and its companions depend on Switzerland's response to Judge García-Castellón to insist that “there was no terrorism” within the 'procés' | Spain | EUROtoday

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On the identical day that the Congress Board accredited extending the deadline for negotiation of the amnesty legislation in committee till March 7, the PSOE and its allies have acquired the response despatched by the Federal Office of Justice like a balm. from Switzerland to the Spanish decide Manuel García-Castellón. In that response, the division depending on the Swiss Ministry of Justice questions the terrorism case introduced by García-Castellón in opposition to 12 folks, together with the previous Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the chief of ERC, Marta Rovira, fugitives from justice. Switzerland refuses to supply the decide with the placement of Rovira, doubts her involvement within the occasions and refers to a earlier response that it already despatched to the decide in 2020 and through which it noticed no indicators of terrorism within the case. All the parliamentary teams that assist the Government of Pedro Sánchez have clung to that assertion, superior this Tuesday by EL PAÍS, to insist on their thesis that within the course of Catalan independence motion “there was no terrorism.”

The PSOE spokesperson in Congress, Patxi López, started by declaring that his occasion at all times respects judicial selections, however has forcefully reaffirmed his “deep conviction” that within the course of “there was no terrorism.” López, former Lehendakari and high chief for years of the PSOE in Euskadi, has identified that “unfortunately in Spain” we all know “very well the real meaning of terrorism.” Without mentioning García-Castellón's title, he has not directly criticized a number of the decide's actions: “If one of many points [para ver indicios de terrorismo] It's the pace in posting a tweet… Well, man, I'll go away it there, as a result of then they'll inform me off,” he said. The socialist spokesperson thus alluded to the fact that in the judicial investigation García-Castellón reports that Marta Rovira “was the one who tweeted the first Tsunami message the fastest” in 2019, highlighting that it took only “three minutes to read the tweet, retweet it, think about comment on it and transcribe it (40 words spread over 225 characters with spaces).” From this the judge deduces that Rovira “could have been at the Geneva meeting in which the Tsunami Democràtic action was planned and organized.”

Other leaders of the parties that supported Pedro Sánchez's investiture have been much more direct in their criticism of García-Castellón. Íñigo Errejón, spokesperson for Sumar (the other party in the government coalition), has maintained that the judge is trying, with his investigation, to “trigger the normal processing” of the amnesty law in Congress. “This is not the first time that European justice has criticized some excessively militant actions by some representatives of the Spanish justice system. This has happened many more times and this is an indication that, with a little perspective, in Europe things are seen quite clearly,” added Errejón, although Switzerland's response is not given by a judicial body but by the Office Federal Court of Justice, dependent on the Government of that country.

The PNV spokesperson, Aitor Esteban, who normally does not appear on Tuesdays after the Board of Spokespersons and usually always expresses himself very restrained, did want to take advantage on this occasion of a question about the Swiss organization to point out García-Castellón's work: “Little The basis may be in some accusations in which it took four years to realize that there was terrorism,” he said. The judge opened the case for terrorism already in 2019 —after the riots organized by the Tsunami Democràtic movement against the sentence of the process— but it was last November, coinciding with the start of negotiations between the PSOE and Junts to approve an amnesty, when García-Castellón expressly pointed out Puigdemont and Rovira. Aitor Esteban has accused the judge of having a “not very legal attitude” and of having been “maneuvering depending on what was happening in Congress” in relation to the amnesty law.

Podemos spokesman Javier Sánchez Serna described Switzerland's response as “a brand new setback for García-Castellón and all of the judges who’re attempting to play politics in opposition to the democratic majority of this nation.” But he did not waste the moment to attack Justice for elevation and in general for being in the hands of the right, and ended up advising the PSOE to take note and promote a legal reform so as not to have to agree with the PP on the renewal of the General Council of the Power of attorney.

Another spokesperson for Sumar, in this case Aina Vidal, from En Comú Podem, called Judge García-Castellón “unruly” and accused him of dedicating himself to searching for “crimes that do not exist, in situations that never happened.” During the processVidal said, “many things happened, but none of them can be called terrorism.”

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More time for the amnesty law

The Congressional Board approved precisely this Tuesday the extension of the deadline to approve the amnesty law proposal in committee, which ended tomorrow. The extension of the deadline, normal and customary in many laws, allows the negotiation to be extended for 15 more days, until March 7, but after that no more renewals can be made. Both Patxi López and Íñigo Errejón have trusted that this expansion will help the negotiation to prosper, although they have not specified the progress made in the first 15 days of talks with Junts.

Reaction of the Generalitat

The spokesperson for the Generalitat has indicated that Switzerland's critical position on the terrorism case that Judge Manuel García-Castellón is investigating in Spain against 12 people, including the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the leader of ERC, Marta Rovira, ratifies the an idea that the Catalan independence movement has been proclaiming for some time: “That there has been no terrorism is evidence, everyone knows it,” Patrícia Plaja stressed. The instruction of Democratic Tsunami case, promoted four years after the investigation began, would foreseeably prevent Puigdemont and Rovira from benefiting from the amnesty law that has been being processed in Congress for three months. “It will be demonstrated, once again, that García-Castellón has turned an alleged investigation into a political persecution,” Esquerra sources have added.

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