By Pedro Sedano |

Burgos, Sep 22 (EFE).- The president of the Superior Court of Justice of Castile and León (TSJ-CYL), José Luis Concepción, criticized this Thursday the “calculated attacks” against judges in Spain.

In his opening speech of the judicial year, which was attended by, among others, the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, Concepción declared that he saw these attacks with “enormous concern”, to both against the judicial leadership and against the judges who have to resolve processes in which political, media or economic interests are involved.

According to him, the judiciary is no stranger to the “vertiginous process of decomposition that Spain is going through”.

He gave as an example of these attacks the decision of the Catalan city council of San Cugat del Vallés to declare Judge Llarena “persona non grata”, the investigator of the “trial” case and a resident of this city for almost thirty years, who “has done nothing but do his duty.

He also warned against “interested calls to divert political life” and “dangerous demands” to shun judicial intervention.

According to him, this type of proposal has the “questionable purpose” of substituting the application of the law for other formulas “more contemplative with the illegal behavior with which we have lunch many days”.

Image of the hall of the Provincial Court of Valladolid. EFE/Nacho Gallego


The TSJ-CYL president also referred to the right of pardon”, which he described as “reminiscent of absolute monarchies”.

According to him, this right is not compatible with a modern State, as long as it is not used to carry out the rehabilitation of the prisoner, to correct a possible miscarriage of justice or to soften the rigor of a legally pronounced sentence; and provided that it does not cause damage to third parties or violate any rights.

He assured that if he does not fit into any of these hypotheses, the right of pardon is an “intolerable interference” in another of the powers of the State, such as the judiciary.

For Concepción, who did not refer to any specific case in his speech, this “shameful interference” endangers “the scaffolding of the state itself when it is exercised in a tortuous way for purely utilitarian interests , for no other purpose than mere political convenience, and without a hint of repentance of convicted criminals in final sentencing.

The president of the TSJ-CYL considered that this way of exercising the right to pardon implies a violation of the principle of equality and is “prohibited to public authorities” by the Constitution, because of its arbitrary nature.

After also insisting on the “pathetic spectacle” of the non-renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary and warning of the risk of blocking European recovery funds if this situation persists, Concepción devoted a few words to the thanks of a lawyer from the de administration of justice and a retired magistrate of the TSJ-CYL and judge Sonsoles Sanchidrián, stabbed by a litigant at the exit of the court of Santa María la Real de Nieva (Segovia).

“This attack only testifies to the apathy of those responsible for empowering the judiciary who, in an ‘unforgivable and irresponsible’ manner and despite repeated requests from the TSJCYL, have neglected the most basic security in many many judicial offices,” he added.

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