The Permanent Commission of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) in office – the hard core of the institution made up of President Carlos Lesmes and seven other members – has issued a statement in which it criticizes the resolution on the process which was approved on Monday by the Assembly of Parliamentarians of the Council of Europe, which called for the release of those sentenced by 1-O, to reform sedition and to withdraw the Euro-orders.
Sánchez, after granting the pardons: “It is the best decision for Catalonia, Spain and the one most in accordance with the Constitution”
Unanimously, the Permanent Commission “deplores” the approval of a report that, in its opinion, includes “recommendations addressed to Spanish judges to make decisions in a certain sense in relation to the prosecution of crimes, ignoring the principles of legality, separation of powers, judicial independence and equality in the application of the law ”. The CGPJ has been in office since December 2018, a situation that makes it maintain a conservative majority composition inherited from the stage in which the PP ruled with an absolute majority.
The CGPJ questions that the report – approved 70 votes in favor, 28 against and 10 abstentions – affirms that the pro-independence leaders were sentenced “for sedition and other crimes, among other things, for statements made in the exercise of their political mandates.” Thus, the governing body of the judges recalls that the sentences were produced after “a public trial and with all the guarantees” and “in application of the Penal Code” and that the judgment of the Supreme Court also established that they were not punished for their ideas or statements but for their actions.
“The Catalan secessionist politicians who have been condemned in no way have been for their political ideas or for their free expression. Nor for the legitimate exercise of the right to assembly and demonstration in support of their beliefs and convictions, “says the statement from the Permanent Commission, which also questions that the resolution” invites “the Spanish authorities to, among other things, “Annul the criminal extradition procedures that are followed against Catalan politicians living abroad, as well as abandon the rest of the criminal procedures that are followed to lower-ranking officials involved in the illegal referendum.”