The three right-wing parties, PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, have requested that the contacts between Penitentiary Institutions, dependent on the Ministry of the Interior, and the environment of the ETA prisoners, revealed in recent days by The confidential. The parties of Pablo Casado and Santiago Abascal have demanded that an investigative commission be set up in this regard in the Lower House and have also requested the appearance of the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and the Secretary of State for Penitentiary Institutions, Ángel Luis Ortiz, petitions to which Citizens have joined this Thursday.
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Everything occurs as a result of the knowledge of a Civil Guard report that accounts for the "frequent contacts" and meetings that have taken place since 2019 between Prisons and leaders of the platforms that work for the rights of the terrorist group.
In the text, sent to the National High Court, the Civil Guard has verified the frequent contacts of the ETA prisoners' environment with the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions and the efforts to mediate with the Government Delegation in the Basque Country, within the strategy to "get off the priority list," which includes caring for sick inmates, getting advancements in prison classification, jail transfers, or release permits.
The report of March 18, 2021 of the Information Headquarters of the Civil Guard, advanced by The confidential and to which the Europa Press agency has also had access, reveals the contacts, for example, between the Secretary General of Penitentiary Institutions, Ángel Luis Ortiz, and the EH Bildu parliamentarian and lawyer for ETA prisoners, Julen Arzuaga. There is also the mediation of the spokesperson for the Sare citizen network and former Basque councilor, Joseba Azkarraga, or the lawyer José María Matanzas, among others.
Casado: "Sánchez must dismiss the Minister of the Interior"
"This week we have learned that Marlaska has contacted ETA to give benefits to the prisoners of the gang. It is unacceptable. Sánchez must dismiss the Minister of the Interior and Batet must authorize the investigation commission that we have requested. It is not worthy that a country in the one that a terrorist gang has murdered more than 800 people sees how Sánchez agrees with those people," the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, assured this Thursday at an electoral act in Toro (Zamora). The leader of the opposition has come to link the case with a british newspaper report The Economist that considers Spain "a defective democracy" although in reality the argument is the lack of renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), blocked precisely by the PP for three years.
"Marlaska's interlocutor, Kubati, is a murderer of innocents. How can Sánchez and Marlaska explain to Jaime Mateu that they are negotiating prison benefits with the murderer of their brother to continue in Moncloa?" Casado asked, reports Albert Ortiz.
"Enough is enough, Mr. Sánchez. The penitentiary policy to maintain the votes of your partner, Bildu: favor treatment of ETA prisoners, direct contact to facilitate meetings, approaches of terrorists and privileged information," wrote the spokeswoman for the PP in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, on his personal Twitter account. The popular They are also working on a petition to create an investigative commission in Congress on this issue, "before the indignity of the agreement of five prisoners for five votes", to demand "memory, dignity, truth and justice", says Gamarra. In his opinion, "Marlaska and the Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions cannot be one more day at the head of the Ministry."
Vox, in addition, plans to register a non-law proposal to request the disapproval of Minister Marlaska and his resignation. "The PSOE is paying the favors to the terrorist group ETA for having brought it to power. And it is doing it by destroying the institutions and trampling on the memory of its colleagues and all the victims. The PSOE is a pest for Spain", The leader of the extreme right, Santiago Abascal, has maintained on Twitter.
Ciudadanos, for its part, has announced that it has requested in Congress the appearance of the Minister of the Interior and the Secretary General of Penitentiary Institutions, as a result of this information that shows contacts between the department of Minister Marlaska and the ETA environment to grant privileges to the terrorist group, reports Carmen Moraga.