The National Court says that asking for forgiveness is not a legal requirement to grant a permit to an ETA prisoner

The National Court has considered that pardon "is not at all a legal requirement" to grant permission to an ETA prisoner; in this case, Gorka Loran Lafourcade, a member of the terrorist organization serving a sentence in the Araba Penitentiary Center.

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The magistrates of the First Section of the Criminal Chamber have indicated that the fact that there is no document from the ETA member "expressing his repentance and requesting forgiveness from the victims is not at all a legal requirement" for him to obtain a prison permit. .

As the court has specified, the drafting of a letter in which it apologizes to the victims only allows a "only possible admissible assessment at this time" and is "purely indicative (not as an obligation) of a good prison evolution, which it is also deductible from other items.”

This is stated in an order dated June 3, to which Europa Press has had access, in which the court has also stressed that "there are no specific victims" of Loran's criminal activity, "since he was not convicted of any death or injury to any person, but by placing an explosive device that did not explode, the acts being classified as attempted murder.”

Considers it pertinent to grant permission to Loran

In the resolution, for which Judge José Ricardo De Prada has been a rapporteur, the appeal presented by the ETA member's defense against the decision of the Central Court of Penitentiary Surveillance to deny him an ordinary exit permit approved by the Treatment Board has been upheld. in September 2021.

Thus, the Criminal Chamber of the National High Court has revoked the refusal and has considered it pertinent to grant permission to Loran. According to the court, the purpose of said permit is "to prepare for life in freedom, given the state of serving the sentence and the next horizon of freedom."

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