A judge now paralyzes the euthanasia of the Tarragona gunman

A helicopter transported one of the wounded in the shooting. / EP

Victims demand their right to be judged

New script twist in the increasingly convoluted case of the Tarragona gunman. A Tarragona court has now decided to paralyze the euthanasia of the security guard who on December 14 broke into the company where he worked and later barricaded himself in a farmhouse and starred in a movie shooting with the Catalan Police. The court has stopped the process, after a judge from the same court affirmed on July 6 that she could not stop it. In such a way that the application of euthanasia was already set for July 28.

In the event, three employees of the security company and two Mossos agents were injured during their flight. In the shooting at the farmhouse, Marin Eugen was killed and taken in a critical condition by helicopter to the hospital. 46 years old, he suffers an irreversible spinal cord injury as a result of the impact of a bullet. He was initially admitted to the Hebron Valley in Barcelona and was later interned in preventive detention at the Terrassa prison hospital (Barcelona), where he requested euthanasia. According to the medical team, he met the requirements to be able to end his life voluntarily. Now, the court orders the "paralysis of the entire euthanasia process."

The two mossos wounded in the gunman's escape attempt appealed to the judge for authorization of euthanasia. They alleged violation of the right to effective judicial protection, that is, they demanded that before he died he be tried for the crimes for which he is accused of attempted murder, attack on authority and illegal possession of weapons. Court 5 of Tarragona rejected the appeal filed by the lawyer of the two agents, but has now decided to stop the process "until the resolution of the appeals filed against the order dated July 6, 2022." The court had already received from the Terrassa Penitentiary Hospital Center the request for "clarification regarding the recording of the inmate's last wishes." And he has attended to the appeal of the agents who allege that the criminal process that is open and the right of the victims to be compensated prevail over their right to a dignified death.

On the other hand, the magistrate Sonia Zapater argued, in an order dated July 6, that the law that regulates euthanasia "does not attribute any competence to the investigating judge to decide on the euthanasia process." The decision, the judge remarked, "corresponds to the doctors" and to the Guarantee and Evaluation Commission. The magistrate also ruled out a conflict between the right to physical and moral integrity, the right to dignity, the right to freedom and personal autonomy of those who decide to end their lives, compared to the "right to a fair trial" for part of the victims. .

Former security guard and Romanian origin, he acted out of "grudge" towards his former colleagues for a labor issue. Out of thirst for revenge, he took his arsenal, took justice into his own hands and got into a fight with his former co-workers and then faced off against the Mossos, entrenched in an abandoned farmhouse very close to the capital. Tarragona. His lawyers will appeal the suspension of euthanasia.

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