Sunday, March 3, 2024

Armengol’s lawyer stood up to the Venice Commission

PSOE and Sumar They denied this Tuesday at the Table of the Congress of Deputies that the senior lawyer of the Chamber and former official of the Government of Pedro Sánchez, key to the processing of the Amnesty Law, met with the delegation of Venice Commission who visited Spain this week to issue a report on the controversial proposal for the criminal oblivion of 1-O in Catalonia. This opinion was requested by SENATE to the advisory body of the Council of Europe.

According to parliamentary sources, the Venice Commission sent to Congress a list of people that he intends to meet, as a “request”, and among those involved in the amnesty process is the senior attorney or general secretary of the lower house, Fernando Galindo, a former socialist official. However, in the Congress Board, the majority position of the PSOE and Sumar, which has control over it, agreed this Tuesday that Galindo will not attend the Venice Commission and that he will be the Board of the Justice Commission which is also led by the PSOE – especially the socialist deputy Francisco Lucas-, the one who developed the program you visited that the delegation of the advisory body of the Council of Europe will follow about the authorities of the Congress of Deputies.

Parliamentary sources indicated that Galindo himself stated in the closed-door Board meeting that he was not his opinion was that he should not appear before the Venice Commission, leaving the decision in the hands of the members of the Chamber’s governing body. This refusal of Galindo, if he had nothing to hide, caused a special surprise in the ranks of the PP, basically because the senior lawyer would have received the delegation and answered only technical questions, without entering into political evaluations because of his status as an officer.

In a press conference at the Lower House, the spokesperson of the Popular Group, Miguel Telladocriticized that Armengol did not give an explanation about this maneuver to the Board of Spokespersons and demanded that he clarify the reasons why Galindo, who validated the amnesty in the face of what happened. with former senior counsel and a similar text in 2021 will not be seen by the Venice Commission, which has asked to know its action in this regard, according to Chamber sources.

Tellado here criticizes the “nonsense” done by Francina Armengol and the senior lawyer of Congress, “faithful colleagues” of Sánchez, put “a red carpet” to the President of the Government so that he can implement his agenda. In this sense, he pointed out that without the “endorsement” of Armengol and the collaboration of Galindo it would not be possible to process the law of amnesty or return this rule to the Commission of Justice, despite being rejected by the absolute majority of the Plenary. with 179 noes last week.

From the PSOE, its spokesperson in the lower house, Patsy Lopez, stated in a press conference that the Congressional Board agreed “The same thing happened in 2014that the representatives of the Commission of Justice of the Parliament, which is the one that processed the law, met with the Commission in Venice. “The lawyer does not prepare the law”There is no need to give a political opinion on this, we will not draw conclusions that do not relate to reality,” López declared.

Delegation agenda

The members of the Venice Commission delegation that have an agenda in Spain this Thursday and Friday are Marta Cartabia, Italian Minister of Justice at the time of Mario Draghi; the vice-president of the Venice Commission, Martin Kujier; former prime minister of Bulgaria Philip Dimitrov; and the judges Regina Kiener, Jose Luis-Vargas, Simona Granata-Menghini and Pierre Garrone.

It is expected that on Thursday they will hold a meeting with the president of the Congress and the president of the Senate, Francina Armengol and Pedro Rollán, and that they will meet later on the same day. with representatives of parliamentary groups from highest to lowest representation. For his part, the first vice president of the Senate, Javier Maroto (PP), signed that the delegation will meet this Friday with constitutional experts at the Center for Constitutional Studies.

This trip responded to the request of the Senate Board, with the majority of the PP, for the Venice Commission to prepare an opinion on this proposed amnesty law, which is currently in Congress after the rejection of the Junts.

The Venice Commission announced to publish its opinion on the Amnesty Law that the PSOE agreed with the Junts and ERC to ensure the investment of Pedro Sánchez not exceeding its plenary session on March 15 and 16although this will shorten the period.

The procedure for the preparation of these opinions establishes that the Venice Commission can visit the country to communicate with the authorities, civil society, and other interested groups.

The Senate, where the PP Alberto Núñez Feijóo has a full majority, requested an urgent opinion to have the assessment of the Venice Commission at the time of the debate on the Amnesty Law that will be held in this Chamber if it finally passes the Congress. Currently, the text has returned from the Plenary to the Justice Commission for new negotiations after Junts reversed the current word last week by not participating in the forgiveness of all crimes of terrorism and high treason latter relates to Russia’s plot to process

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