March 3, 2021

Iceta says that asking for the pardon does not mean recognizing the crime



The first secretary of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, said this Sunday that asking for a pardon, a possibility that has been raised several times when addressing the situation of Catalan political prisoners, “does not necessarily mean recognizing the crime.”

Iceta has made this reflection in an interview in Catalunya Ràdio a few days after the first meeting, on Wednesday in Madrid, of the dialogue table between the Government and the Generalitat, a forum in which the independence formations have already advanced that they will claim, between other matters, the amnesty of the imprisoned politicians, who have reiterated in recent months that they will not ask for their pardon.

“Asking for a pardon does not necessarily mean recognizing the crime. If the pardon is requested, it must be studied and considered,” Iceta said.

The socialist leader has argued that “the judges work with facts and a penal code and must try to link the two things. The obligation of legal review is of the politicians if they see that things do not link well,” he added.

“I think,” Iceta continued, “that the Spanish government cannot approach amnesty. Amnesty is a very exceptional figure that occurs when there is a regime change.”

Iceta has assured that he does not plan to visit the imprisoned politicians in prison, as one of them has requested, and has affirmed that, as far as he knows, they “have no privileges” in prison.

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