Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Sánchez justifies the claim to the Franco

The president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has justified today that the Government has initiated a claim to the family Frank of the property of Pazo de Meirás for the State considering that they "acted against the law". This was stated today during an interview with RTVE, after yesterday's presentation of a lawsuit filed by the acting Government in the courts of La Coruña to demand the return of this property.

As published The country, the lawsuit of the State Advocacy is based on a document of August 3, 1938 unknown until now, signed before a notary in the office of the civil governor, with which it would be confirmed that the contract of sale, three years later, to Franco It was "fraudulent" because it was already the residence of the Head of State after its acquisition by popular cost.

The lawsuit of the State Advocacy is based on a document dated August 3, 1938, unknown until now, which would confirm that the sale contract, three years later, was "fraudulent"

When Pedro Sánchez was asked about whether the Government intends for the Pazo de Meirás to become part of the State, the Acting Chief Executive has answered: "Without a doubt". He then alleged that he will do so because the Franco acted "against right". "That's so clear," he said.

In the text of the lawsuit it would be confirmed that the sale contract, signed three years later, to Franco was "fraudulent", because the property was already the residence of the Head of State after its acquisition by popular cost.

Unanimous request

Last June, all the groups of the Galician Chamber unanimously approved to urge the Xunta to demand that the Government of the State initiate "urgently" the "pertinent" legal actions for the recovery of Pazo de Meirás.

The initiative, presented by the BNG and defended by Luís Bará, began by recalling that it was the second parliamentary agreement adopted in these terms (after the text reached unanimously in July 2018) demanding from the State measures to begin the recovery of the property for the public heritage.

One of the critics transferred by the political groups referred to the use of this Pazo, cataloged like Ben of Cultural Interest, to "make apology of the pro-Franco dictatorship" and of the figure of the own Franco.

Last October, the central government commissioned a legal report on the situation of the Pazo de Meirás to study the appropriate formula to return it to the citizenry, with all the guarantees, and preventing possible claims from the Franco family.

The delegate of the Government in Galicia, Javier Losada, held a meeting with the Committee Recovery of Historical Memory, which has transferred the commitment and interest of the Executive in the recovery of Pazo de Meirás, beyond the actions developed from the Provincial Council of A Coruña and the agreement of the Parliament of Galicia. Losada explained to the heads of the Commission the intention of the Government to act "with the utmost caution and all legal guarantees" in terms of recovering the historical memory.

Reports of experts

Two expert commissions were in charge of analyzing the process, from Galicia, and the possibilities of recovering this property for the public patrimony.

The first was chaired by Professor Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas and among its members were the professor of Contemporary History of the University of Santiago de Compostela Emilio Grandío Seoane and the Civil Law of the University of A Coruña José Manuel Busto Lago. Made up of 11 members – from the academic, legal and patrimonial world – it was constituted at the end of November 2017.

The second action consisted of a legal report on the Pazo de Meirás, commissioned by the Diputación de A Coruña, which concluded that there was a "simulated sale" of this property to Francisco Franco, betting to go to court to recover it, every time that this fact supports the "nullity" of this contract.

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