The PSOE began to realize how difficult it is to maintain the legislature while it depends on partners who are currently being judged for their actions in the past to achieve independence. Thus, in private, there is a sense of desperation and fatigue in the path that opens, in the anxiety of the difficulties that they must overcome to continue to manage, but also in the discomfort against what they perceive to be a trial of the judiciary. to condition his steps with his colleagues and interfere in political life, as they continued in the PSOE.
Therefore, the PSOE interprets the recent judicial decisions—in the framework of the “Voloh case” and the “Democratic Tsunami” that analyzed the involvement of the escaped former president in the 1-O referendum and his protests—as looking for “clear interests. Party sources show their concern about the decisions of the two judges because they are simultaneously involved in the parliamentary processing of the amnesty law and even focus on their opportunity to announce their judicial decisions in the political moment we are experiencing.
“The periods of the judiciary empirically coincide with the legislative period,” indicated sources from the PSOE leadership. “Every time the legislature takes a step, a judge also takes a step,” these voices sincerely say, calling it “terrible” the possibility of judicial decisions made “in mercy” of the political agreements of the Congress of Deputies. and the amnesty law to be processed today. “What they do has an influence on what happens in Congress.”
These reflections come at the moment of the reactivation of the case in which the relations of the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, with Russia are being investigated within the framework of the “case of Voloh,” as happened this Monday. According to the judge, there are foreign actors who are ready to “support economically and militarily” the independence of Catalonia. In this way, according to investigative judge Joaquín Aguirre, the former Catalan president will not benefit from the amnesty law prepared by the Congress of Deputies.
Also after Judge García Castellón accused the leader of the Junts, the general secretary of Esquerra Republicana, Marta Rovira, and ten other people in the case investigating the “Tsunami Democratic” platform for crimes of terrorism,. Precisely last week, one day after the PSOE and Junts agreed to exclude terrorism from the amnesty law, the judge of the National Court opened the door to the departure of Puigdemont from the amnesty law. According to his ruling, there were “serious” attacks by several agents during the process of protests that were “incompatible” with the right to life and physical integrity.
The criticism of the Justice that, although passed in private, is consistent with the position shown two weeks ago by the third vice president of the government, Teresa Ribera, who opened a war against the judiciary by insinuating that Judge García Castellón has “wanted to speak in the same direction.” Publicly, however, the PSOE did not make these criticisms. The socialist spokeswoman, Esther Peña, limited herself to making sure that her party “respects” the judiciary, even if there are decisions that “they like more” and others that they “don’t like so much.”
In the PSOE, they distanced themselves from the request of Judge García Castellón to request the indictment of Puigdemont for terrorism, after the amnesty law distinguishes mild terrorism, in which they believe that Puigdemont could be involved, from serious terrorism (ETA). “The freedom movement has used reprehensible strategies, but it is not terrorism,” said Ferraz’s party spokesman. “We know what terrorism is.” “No one who does not want to use terrorism again to gain political relevance can say something like that about what happened in Catalonia in 2017,” he said. In Ferraz, they insisted that terrorism is classified under the Penal Code, which is why they distanced their partners from that crime. They also use it to attack PP. “We will ask Alberto Núñez Feijóo if what happened in Ferraz is also terrorism” because there were riots and injured policemen. “Not even what happens in Ferraz or happens in Gamonal is classified like that,” they defended themselves in Pedro Sánchez’s party.