The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas managed to open the door in Congress to the reform of the crime of sedition, one of the ERC conditions to support the Budgets and a personal commitment from the socialist leader at the dialogue table between the Catalan Generalitat and the central government. The Low camera has given the green light this Thursday with 187 votes in favor, 155 against and 6 abstentions to the parliamentary processing of the bill registered by the PSOE and Unidas Podemos and which proposes erasing the crime of sedition, now punishable with penalties of up to 15 years, and introduce another of “aggravated public disorders” that reduces the punishment to 5 years.
Sánchez has once again defended the measure in Congress: “The Executive and I myself expressed my willingness to Europeanize and standardize the reform of the penal code to the standards of European democracies. We have to draw lessons from what happened to us in 2017. Politics has instruments. It has the instrument of dialogue and reunion. The Constitution has an instrument, which is article 155, against any attempt to violate the constitutional order and territorial integrity, as occurred with the PP administration in 2017.”
Yes indeed, The president has once again left the door open to also touch up the crime of embezzlement, the other punishment for which the leaders of the process were sentenced. “I think that now corresponds to the parliamentary process,” Sánchez snapped, despite the fact that some socialist ministers and high-ranking Ferraz officials insinuate that ERC will not demand to touch the embezzlement. So Moncloa, once again, blames Parliament for any agreement in this regard. Although, for now, the Republicans, who continue to negotiate on the embezzlement, have not yet presented any proposal, as confirmed by both the Government and the ERC members themselves.
“It was the fault of the PP”
The proposal to reduce sedition, which led to the breakdown of talks between Moncloa and the PP to renew the General Council of the Judiciary, remains open to amendments that also change embezzlement. While, the PSOE continues its plan of guilt. What is striking is that the Socialists point to the PP as responsible for the reform of sedition. The PSOE spokesman in Congress, Patxi López, explained that it was after the rupture of the pact with the PP and after verifying that ERC was no longer talking about suppressing, but about Europeanizing, that the Government launched to prepare it. Of course, without resorting to his legislative initiative.
And it is that Moncloa resorted to the parliamentary groups that of the PSOE and United We Can to prepare the norm with the objective that neither the General Council of the Judiciary nor the Council of State can pronounce on individual non-binding but probably critical reports. In public, the leaders of the PSOE they fear that the socialist voters most reluctant to indulge in independence will move away from their acronym in the next regional and municipal elections in May “if one knows how to explain” why the sedition is touched. But the PP made it clear to the Government:
“The repeal of sedition is not a social demand, but a decision dictated by Junqueras. It is a shameful measure. If it is such an exemplary and European measure, why doesn’t the President of the Government come to defend it? Express way to skip the reports of the Council of State Why have they spared the praise of the CGPJ, the Fiscal Council and the Council of State? Ask Minister Roblesif it supports this reform”, the PP spokesperson, Cuca Gamarra, snapped. The rest of the opposition groups showed a similar line.
Although, in private, they recognize that the reform of the crime, covered by the effects of the law of ‘only yes is yes’; Vox attacks Irene Montero and harms them, partly due to criticism within the party. In Ferraz they recognize that the noise of some barons, opposed to touching embezzlement, obeys the internal drive of the Socialists, who consider themselves a party with the capacity to generate internal debates regardless of the leader’s criteria. Yes indeed, the PSOE ‘celebrates’ that now the reduction of the crime of embezzlement is not on the agenda.
“There is debate”
The truth is that “there is debate” about embezzlement, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, for two reasons. First, because of the legal framework. And, second, because of the communicative fit. Right now Nothing in Moncloa is interested in receiving the media coup of touching embezzlement via amendment to the proposal of sedition after the series of troubles that the Government has gotten into in recent days, from the ‘only yes is yes’ to the departure of the Civil Guard of Navarra as a toll for Bildu’s support for the Budgets. Therefore, the PSOE cools the issue while waiting for a better context.
The pressure on the PSOE is great. Also about ERC, which has to sell the reduction in crime in Catalonia, where it is at stake politically now that it is alone at the controls of the regional Executive after the departure of Junts. It should be remembered that some of the main faces of the process were sentenced for sedition and embezzlement in a media contest. Namely, that they necessarily had to commit the crime of embezzlement to commit the crime of seditionsince they embezzled funds from the Generalitat to create and organize the 1-O operation.
The great threat to the morality of the Government and, surely one of the reasons why it tries to cool the matter, is that embezzlement affects some politicians. Specifically, one of the PSOE, the former president of the Junta de Andalucía Jose Antonio Grinan, who is about to go to prison for embezzlement. A hypothetical reform of this crime that facilitates Griñán’s evasion of the sentence would mean a political scandal of stratospheric dimensions. And now Moncloa the last thing he wants is gasoline that fuels fires.
Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.
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