Madrid (EFE).- The Tax Council this Thursday appointed the Attorney General of Santa Cruz de Tenerife María Farnés Martínez-Frigola as the new Superior Prosecutor of the Canary Islands, replacing Luis del Río.

The Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortiz, has decided to appoint his predecessor, Dolores Delgado, as head of the chamber of the Supreme Court’s robed prosecutor’s office, which means his promotion to the highest category career, a nomination that was only approved by five members of the Tax Council against six who voted against.

As reported to Efe by tax sources, the advisory body of the Attorney General’s Office was split in two when the former Minister of Justice and former Socialist deputy was appointed, despite the fact that it is usual in the career of a General Counsel to be promoted to Attorney of the House when he leaves office.

Of the 12 members of the Tax Council, an advisory body whose votes do not bind the Attorney General, five voted for: the three ex officio members, including Álvaro García Ortiz, and the two members of the Progressive Union of Prosecutors (FPU).

Six did it against, all from the Association of Prosecutors (AF), the majority in the race, your conservative and the one with the most weight in the Council, who supported Luis Rueda for the post; while member of the Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors (APIF), Salvador Viada, abstained when his wife, anti-corruption prosecutor Teresa Gálvez, held the same position as Delgado.

On the other hand, almost unanimous support was obtained by Alejandro Luzón, who revalidates the post of chief anti-corruption prosecutor for five more years, one of the key positions which was at stake in what was the second meeting of the Council. fiscal chaired by Álvaro García Ortiz since his appointment last July.

Another was that of Lieutenant Prosecutor of the National High Court, a position that will now be exercised by Marta Durantez Gil, who until now worked in the Technical Secretariat of the Attorney General’s Office, a body that the current Attorney General headed for two and a half years.

Also in this case, the Council is divided, since the members of the majority association and that of APIF have supported Miguel Ángel Carballo, a conservative prosecutor with a long career in the National Court and who has held this position for the last five years.

The Fiscal Council also appointed María Farnés Martínez-Frigola and Santiago Herráiz as lead prosecutors for the Canary Islands and La Rioja, respectively; to Juan Bautista Calvo-Rubio chief prosecutor of Malaga, while Pedro Javier Jiménez Lafuente and Juan Baratech will continue to lead those of Granada and Huesca, respectively.

In addition to these appointments, the Council approved a favorable report on the draft organic law amending the Penal Code on animal abuse. The text, according to information provided by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, strengthens the criminal protection of animals and provides more adequate tools to prosecute animal abuse and abandonment. ECE

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