The PP wants Martín Villa to give his opinion in the Senate on the Democratic Memory Law

The Popular Party has requested this Thursday the appearance before the Constitutional Commission in the Senate of "relevant" personalities of the Transition, such as former ministers Rodolfo Martín Villa or Rafael Arias Salgado, to issue their opinion on the Law of Democratic Memory approved in the Congress and that will be debated in the Upper House at the turn of the summer.

Specifically, they demand the presence of Rodolfo Martín Villa; Rafael Arias Salgado, Marcelino Oreja Aguirre; Soledad Becerril Bustamante; Juan Antonio Ortega and Diaz-Ambrona; and Carmela García-Moreno Teixeira, several of them members of the governments of Adolfo Suárez.

According to the spokesperson for the Commission and general secretary of the PP in the Upper House, Amelia Salanueva, the Democratic Memory bill contains "substantive flaws and vices that disqualify it as a truly democratic law." “It is not only an insult to the victims of ETA terrorism, but also an insult to all Spaniards”, she pointed out.

In his opinion, the agreement that the PSOE reached with Bildu in Congress means that the bill has been written by "representatives of the murderers, kidnappers and extortionists who have done so much damage to Spanish society by attacking life, liberty and democracy".

In a statement collected by Europa Press, the PP maintains that the bill represents "a frontal attack" on the constitutional regime and an attempt to "delegitimize" the Transition and the pact between Spaniards.

Salanueva has stated that the rule "sows suspicion" about the entire process that brought democracy to Spain and the system of freedoms and welfare, "questioning the legitimacy and democratic character of the Transition and of the Spanish Constitution itself", has said.

Finally, it also wonders if "perhaps the socialist Executive of Felipe González was an illegitimate government and heir to Francoism", given that the law recognizes victims until 1983. "When there were already regional, general municipal elections and the attempt to coup d'état of 23-F when democracy in Spain is fully consolidated”, he has developed.

Martín Villa, the former Francoist minister claimed by Argentina

Rodolfo Martín Villa, who was a high-ranking official in the Franco regime, is accused of crimes of aggravated homicide in a context of crimes against humanity Y declared for it in 2020 before the Argentine judge María Servini, who is investigating the complaint filed by several victims and relatives. Among other crimes, he is accused of possible responsibility for the massacre in Vitoria on March 3, 1976, in which five workers were murdered at the hands of the Armed Police, as well as for the murder of Germán Rodríguez during the 1978 Sanfermines.

After Judge Servini prosecuted him after having him charged since 2014, in December 2021 an Argentine court admitted the appeal of Martin Villa and annulled the prosecution, although it did not order the file of the case.

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