Pedro Sánchez has assured that “democracy is working” given the revelations of the opaque accounts of Juan Carlos I. The president has assured that the Government is letting the Tax Agency technicians work “without interference” just a few hours after the lawyer of the king emeritus has reported that he has paid a tax debt of more than 678,000 including interest and surcharges. For Sánchez, this revelation is a symptom that the institutions are doing their job: from the Prosecutor’s Office to the Justice through the Treasury.
The finances of Juan Carlos I, another elephant in the room of Congress
In an interview in Informativos Telecinco, Sánchez explained that the case of the former head of state has to end “with transparency, reaching the end of the investigation and respecting the rights that the emeritus king also has as a taxpayer before the Tax Agency.” He has also appealed to the presumption of innocence of Juan Carlos de Borbón, despite the fact that he has regularized the payments he made – in addition to Queen Sofía and some of her grandchildren – through opaque credit cards, as published by elDiario. it is.
In addition to appealing to the presumption of innocence of the emeritus king, Sánchez has made a fierce defense of the monarchy: “What we are doing is judging people, not institutions.” Thus, he has asked “not to mix one thing with another” and “safeguard the Constitution “, which he has considered to be” the greatest achievement in the collective history “of Spain. “It is necessary to respect the parliamentary monarchy and that is what the Government does”, has settled.
In that sense, he has denied that the monarchy is “in danger” in response to the words of the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, who assured that “sooner or later we will see a republic in Spain.” In fact, he recalled that the PSOE defended the republic as a model of state during the constitutional process, but that it lost that amendment and assumed “the pact in its literal sense.” The socialist leader maintains that the majority of the Cortes wanted that system forty years ago.
Radically different from that of Sánchez has been the reaction of United We Can. His spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique, has considered that the regularization carried out by Juan Carlos de Borbón is only “one of the pufos he has.” “What an international shame,” he expressed on Twitter. In the same vein, ERC spokesman Gabriel Rufián spoke, reproached that with the fiscal regularization Juan Carlos de Borbón “recognizes that he has committed a tax crime and returns only € 678,394 of what was stolen to avoid one of the numerous legal cases that lurk. ” Iñigo Errejón, for his part, has demanded explanations about what happened: “The Government cannot continue to be an accomplice of this circus. We will ask for transparency from Congress again.” However, investigating the king emeritus in Congress has become mission impossible.
From the PP they refer to the words of Pablo Casado last Sunday, when El País published the intention of the former head of State to regularize his fiscal situation. The head of the opposition limited himself to praising the figure of Juan Carlos I: “I keep the legacy of King Juan Carlos to be the architect of the Transition, to be an essential piece in the recovery of freedoms, democracy, too at the time of preparing this Constitution and the matters that it has done privately fall within another power of the State that will be the one that will have to determine if there is any responsibility. ”
Citizens have regretted that it is shown that the emeritus king kept “hidden money of dubious origin”, as the spokesman, Edmundo Bal, assured, who before entering politics was a State lawyer and as head of the Criminal section was dedicated to pursuing this type of practices. Although he has reproached it for “morally reprehensible conduct”, he stressed that he did “a great service to Spain for many years and our democracy owes him a lot. However, Bal criticized that this behavior, having kept a large amount of money “of dubious origin” hidden until now, is “disappointing.”