Pedro Sánchez opens the door to reform the crime of sedition in the Criminal Code

The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has opened the door tonight to review the crime of sedition in the Criminal Code for understanding that it is not homologable to the crimes contemplated in other European countries.

Precisely the crime of sedition is for which the independence leaders in the Supreme Court have been convicted. Already in 2018 ERC presented a proposal for a Law in the Congress of Deputies to suppress the crime of rebellion and the sedition of the Criminal Code for those who declared the independence of a part of the country or for those who called or promoted referendums lacking competence for it .

"You have to go step by step," said Sanchez when asked if he intended to promote a review of the crime of sedition. In his opinion, this crisis with Catalonia has shown that the Spanish Criminal Code does not correspond to the time in which Spain has lived and that it does not have homologous crimes to what happens in other European countries. Therefore, he considers that this debate will have to be opened in the Congress of Deputies.

When asked if he keeps his promise to criminalize the convening of an illegal referendum, Pedro Sánchez has not specified and has simply said that he would like the Catalan independence leaders to abandon the unilateral route. Making it clear that it will be one of the dialogue elements of the bilateral commission.

In fact, he recalled that the Scots, in which Catalan independence workers often look at each other, have said they want a referendum but that they will never do so by means outside the Constitution. Therefore, he insisted that Catalan independence should be aware that they made mistakes and fractured Catalan society.


As to whether dejudicializing the Catalan issue means impunity for those convicted of the process, Pedro Sánchez has exclaimed that "if I did not enforce the law I would prevail."

But he has insisted that a crisis and a conflict that is political must be returned to politics and that politicians cannot hide behind the Supreme Court to give a political response that politicians should logically give and not the TS.

In fact, he affirms that there have been substantiated complaints from TS magistrates saying that they are not responsible for giving a political solution to this political crisis.

In this sense, Sanchez believes that there has been a abandonment of functions by the policy and complains of meeting what he calls an "inherited crisis" and that in addition, the PP does not co-responsible with it.

Accuses the PP of being in the BRONCA

The President of the Government has also defended the appointment of the former Minister of Justice as a new State Attorney General, ensuring that it is not the first time that this precedent exists and highlighting the Dolores Delgado curriculum.

But he believes that the debate is "quite artificial" because the Statute of the Prosecutor's Office recognizes and underlines the autonomy of the Attorney General and the prosecutors.

Then, after defending his decision, he has attacked the PP, ensuring that when the PSOE governs there is always "anger and tension" because the right does not assume defeat when it loses power.

In his opinion, the PP is always in a row because they have "bad temperament" and has demanded that the party of Pablo Casado be a state party and enter the consensus, such as education, the public pension system or renewal of judicial bodies such as the CGPJ and the TC.


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