Congress will not investigate the use of opaque credit cards by the King Emeritus and some members of his family, such as his wife Sofia of Greece. The PSOE will add its votes to those of the PP and Vox this Wednesday to veto a parliamentary commission on the matter at the Congress Table, despite having the endorsement of the legal services of the Lower House for the first time, according to the chain Ser and has confirmed elDiario.es. The initiative came from United We Can, which will position itself in favor, so the Government partners will vote again divided on a matter referring to the Monarchy.
Anti-corruption investigates King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofía and several of their relatives for the use of opaque credit cards
Congressional lawyers saw no legal problem in Parliament investigating the use of opaque bank cards by Juan Carlos de Borbón and some members of his family that elDiario.es revealed. The mandatory report of the legal services of Congress does not reflect any impediment for the governing body of the Lower House to transfer the petition to the Board of Spokespersons. “Admit for processing and transfer to the Board of Spokespersons for its eventual inclusion in the agenda of a next plenary session”, advises on the investigation.
The meaning of the opinion of the lawyers has been revealed by the spokesperson of the group of United We Can-En Comú-Galicia en Común, Pablo Echenique, on his Twitter account. “There is no longer an excuse. From now on, the decision is purely political,” says the leader of Podemos in his message, in a reference to the fact that the groups of the Table that usually unite their vote to prevent any parliamentary investigation of the House Real or its members (PSOE, PP and Vox, in this case) will not be able to allude to the opinion of the lawyers to veto the investigations without giving an opinion on the merits of the matter.
Minutes later, the PSOE confirmed its position contrary to the mere processing of the initiative. “Nothing has changed since December, when it was presented, nor since the previous times. The functions of Congress are assessed in the Constitution and it does not contemplate that it supervises the head of State. There is jurisprudence that says the Legislature cannot control either the chief or to the former head of state. What the lawyers say is not binding, “they assure this medium from the group led by Adriana Lastra.
The reply from Echenique came shortly after. In a message on Twitter that does not mention the PSOE, the spokesperson for United We can assure: “First they told us that inviolability protects crimes in the king’s private life. Then that it protects him after the abdication. Now that the lawyers support us, that Congress cannot control the king. Investigation committees are not control. ”
The request of the commission of inquiry, signed Unidos Podemos, ERC, Bildu, Más País, Compromís, CUP and BNG, was already presented by the confederal group in December 2020, but then a formal defect allowed it to be blocked in table. A few days later, after solving the errors, the groups returned to the load.
It is the first time since 2013, when the economic and judicial scandals that corner Juan Carlos de Borbón began to be revealed, that the Chamber’s lawyers do not oppose an investigation into the Crown. Until now, the legal services of Congress had alluded to the inviolability of the head of state who stipulates the Constitution in its article 56.3. Even when the investigation requests referred to events that occurred after his abdication, since, according to the lawyers, they were events that derived from his role as king. “Inviolability has permanent legal effects,” they wrote.
As a result of this “trial and error” system of the different parliamentary groups, which in recent years have registered dozens of requests for investigations and other parliamentary initiatives related to the Crown, the last registered letter has passed the first screening.
The parliamentary gymkhana of the inquiry commission had only just begun, however. And there it will stay. This Wednesday the Bureau of Congress will debate whether or not to send the request to the Board of Spokespersons. The PSOE and United We Can have six of the 10 members of the parliamentary governing body, four from PP and Vox. But the socialist votes will join those of the right wing to block the process of the initiative.
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