New government in Spain: public prosecutors in Spain are restless about the government’s election for attorney general | In English

The proposal of the Spanish government to appoint Dolores Delgado as a new attorney general has been received with concern by several legal associations, which see it as an attempt by the newly confirmed Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party (PSOE), to keep The prosecutors. Under control.

But the nomination was applauded by progressive associations, which see no problem with the fact that Delgado served as justice minister under Sanchez until last Friday, when he was replaced as part of the new appointments of the prime minister’s cabinet.

There is only one precedent in the modern democratic history of Spain of a former minister in direct transition to attorney general: Javier Moscoso in 1986, under the administration of the Felipe González PSOE.

Political interference

The largest of the prosecutor’s associations, the conservative Fiscal Association, said the nomination is proof that the executive wants to “subjugate” the prosecution services. Cristina Dexeus, president of the association, said she was “astonished” by a decision that “confuses citizens” because it makes it appear that “there is political interference.”

The designation destroys all appearances of impartiality.

Jorge Fernández Vaquero, AJFV

In a statement, this group expressed “concern and concern about the image of politicization and lack of independence and impartiality that is transmitted by placing a person who has been the minister of justice until a few hours ago at the top of the services of the prosecution. “

And the association of judges Association of Judges Francisco de Vitoria (AJFV) called the decision “unprecedented and harmful.” The spokesman for the group, Jorge Fernández Vaquero, said the designation “destroys all appearances of impartiality” in any future decision taken by the Spanish prosecutor. services.

“Almost any relevant initiative in the serious issues that are in the immediate political future will be questioned due to the inevitable shadow of bias,” he warned, referring to pending legal issues regarding the failed attempt at secession of 2017 by the separatists Catalans

But Delgado’s ties with the Sánchez administration do not represent an obstacle for the association of Judges Judges and Judges for Democracy. His spokesman, Ignacio González Vega, underlined Delgado’s long career as a prosecutor and said everyone should wait and see how he acts in his new position before reaching any conclusion.

And the progressive association of prosecutors Progressive Union of Prosecutors (UPF), to which Delgado belongs, said that its members are convinced that she “will act in the best interest of justice and with complete independence.”

Catalonia and Franco

Delgado initially joined Sánchez’s team in June 2018, when the latter reached power through a vote of no confidence against Mariano Rajoy of the Popular Party (PP). He was independent at the time of his appointment, but has held a position in Congress as a representative of the PSOE since May last year.

Delgado will act in the best interest of justice and with complete independence, according to the association of prosecutors UPF

While Delgado was a minister of justice, the Office of the Attorney General, who represents the state in court and responds to the Ministry of Justice, faced prosecutors involved in the Supreme Court case against 12 leaders of the separatist offer. While prosecutors – under the then Attorney General María José Segarra – accused the defendants of rebellion, the Attorney General filed minor sedition charges.

The issue of Catalonia will continue to occupy a prominent place on the agenda of the new executive after Sanchez promised to start talks between the central and Catalan governments to discuss “the political conflict” in the northeast region. This promise secured the endorsement of his investiture offer by the Catalan Republican Left (ERC), a separatist party whose leader Oriol Junqueras was tried and sentenced for sedition by the Supreme Court last year.

The political destiny of Junqueras and two other secessionist leaders, Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín, have been the subject of a prolonged legal dispute that has acquired an international dimension after the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a decision that allowed the latter two to occupy seats in the EU Parliament.

In addition to the trial of the Catalan separatists, another issue that attracted great media attention during Delgado’s time in the Ministry of Justice was the exhumation of the body of Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen, where Delgado acted as a notary for the state will certify the transfer. of the remains of the late dictator.

English version of Susana Urra.

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