Tuesday, February 27, 2024

PSOE overturns PP law to solve 379 ETA murders

This Tuesday, Congress debated a PP bill to clarify the 379 ETA murders that have not yet been solved. The legal proposal, which emerged from an April 2022 report from the European Parliament, was defeated because the PSOE voted against it. In total, the law received the support of 170 representatives and the rejection of 175.

In particular, the bill contains five articles that amend several laws to try to provide justice and compensation to victims. The first law it changed was the Law on Victims of Terrorism, which added an additional provision with several points to try to explain the murders: the State is asked to promote “a bag-o, detailed and complete investigation procedure” in three months, with the participation of the Prosecutor’s Office and the State Security Forces and Bodies, without examining the possible legal prescription of the case; Demand that the Government, with the participation of victims’ foundations and associations, create a commission of judges in charge of preparing a detailed report on each of the files of ETA victims whose cases have not yet resolved; It is stipulated that the competent institutions will call those who have any kind of information that may lead to the resolution of any of the pending cases to cooperate, or that the government is asked to encourage all European states to cooperate judicially and police-wise. In addition, many laws have also been revised, such as the Right of Assembly or Citizen Security, to stop tributes to ETA terrorists.

In this way, the PP echoed the report of the European Parliament, which made fifteen recommendations to the Spanish authorities, among them measures aimed at explaining the crimes of ETA pending resolution and avoiding “legal, social, and moral terrorism”; that ETA’s killings are recognized as “crimes against humanity,” which would prevent the statute of limitations on those crimes; or that prison benefits for those convicted of terrorism be conditioned on cooperation with Justice.

Sergio Sayas, PP deputy for Navarra who suffered harassment from the terrorist group, led the defense of the bill and began to remember all the victims of ETA who were killed on February 6 (among them, quoted by Fernando Múgica). “We want the first legislative initiative of this period of sessions to be to give value to the victims of terrorism,” said Sayas, arguing that they want to put the dignity and memory” of the victims at the “center of national political debate.”a moment in which the PSOE threw itself into the arms of Bildu despite the fact that it continued to be a party that showed its complicity with ETA by bringing members of the terrorist group to its electoral lists, including some of them with blood crimes. in prison as if it were a heroic act,” added Sayas.

In this sense, the deputy of Navarrese criticized that now some of these terrorists “are active in the ranks of a party sitting in this Chamber,” in reference to Bildu. “And, the worst thing is that it is part of the government of the country as a priority partner. There is no room for greater evil, nor is there any possibility of greater disgrace,” he said, explaining that the law aims to “increase difficulty” in stages like Sortu (it’s part of Bildu) in Bilbao, which on January 26 celebrated the birthdays of two ETA members who are in prison. For all these reasons, Sayas considers that the law is “more necessary than ever” so that “terrorists know that they will not be punished.”

On the other hand, PSOE deputy Rafaela Romero, who also grew up with the terrorist violence of ETA, opposed the law because she considers that the current legal system has “legal means” to carry out the actions of clarification well of 379 ETA killings. “So, while agreeing on some issues, we do not agree on the need to give new legal means when they are there,” Romero said, asking for a moderate tone to maintain one harsh speech condemning terrorism, but Bildu, a determined partner of the PSOE to survive in Moncloa, is not satisfied.

In fact, Romero, who criticized the PP during his speech, also recalled the alliance made by the socialists and popular people in the “darkest time” of the Basque Country to ask for “peace and freedom” while the terrorists were “rejoicing” in the killings. . “A time in which socialists and famous people shared the trenches of the struggle for freedom, showing a strength and dignity that cost a lot today. A decade of pain, sacrifice, attack , bombs, shots … but also Mr. Sémper, in silence, contempt and looking the other way,” added Romero, who insisted that he understood the “starting point” of the legislative initiative of the PP and the “opportunity of some recommendations” from the European Parliament, such as ” “asking for the collaboration of the perpetrators to provide the information necessary to give the truth to the victims who could not finish justice at that time. “

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