Alberto Rodríguez asks Batet to return his seat at the end of the sentence

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Former United We Can Deputy Alberto Rodríguez, in a file photo.

Alberto Rodríguez, ex-leader of Podemos, has asked this Wednesday the president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, to restore the act “stolen that no one currently occupies” in the Chamber because he has already finished his sentence of disqualification for the right passive suffrage.

Rodríguez, whose record was withdrawn by Batet after being convicted of assaulting a policeman in a demonstration before becoming a deputy, has indicated that the Supreme Court has informed him that his sentence ended on December 5, for which he has requested restitution “Immediate” from his seat to “be able to continue exercising the tasks that were his own after being elected by more than 64,000 canaries and canaries”.

Likewise, the deputy elected in 2019, who has abandoned the militancy in Podemos, has criticized in a press release that the Supreme Court has made this notification 20 days late and just before Christmas Eve.

In the letter sent to the president of Congress, Rodríguez assures that he no longer has a penalty to comply with, so he demands that he return the seat “without delay.” The former secretary of the Podemos Organization insists that “the unjustly imposed sentence” has now been extinguished, as endorsed by the Supreme Court, he added.

Likewise, it maintains that there is no legal or constitutional rule that enables Batet to deprive him of his post as elected deputy.

The Supreme Court imposed a fine of 540 euros on Rodríguez after being convicted of kicking a national policeman during a protest in La Laguna and an accessory penalty of special disqualification for the right to passive suffrage during the time of the sentence, of 45 days.

Following this conviction, the president of Congress informed Alberto Rodríguez of the loss of his status as a deputy of United We Can, as he said the Supreme Court required of him.

However, the legal services of the Lower House interpreted at the time that Rodríguez did not lose the status of deputy because the prison sentence had been commuted to the fine, nor because of the “special disqualification for passive suffrage” established in the sentence, since that they understood that it was linked to an electoral period and not to the current moment, in which he was already an elected deputy.


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