Defame that something remains. This is what the leaders and ministers of Podemos must think that on a recurring basis They attack the Judiciary when they do not agree with what the courts rule. It happened after the conviction of the resident leader in Madrid Isa Serra and, even more virulence, with that of the former number three of this formation and already ex-congressman Alberto Rodríguez. Neither in one case nor in another have the voracious criticisms of leaders of United We Can and those who represent the party in the Government of the Nation been appeased or denied with sufficient forcefulness by the PSOE or its representatives in the Executive of Pedro Sánchez. But neither by the Prosecutor’s Office, despite the fact that some of these statements border on crimes against State institutions.
Is there really a crusade of the High Court against United We Can? The data speaks for itself. Since the birth of the party in 2014 until today, the Supreme Court has filed 29 complaints against leaders of the purple formation, two of them this week. Money laundering, electoral crimes, embezzlement, insults, falsehood, disobedience … The rosary of accusations is very varied, as are the plaintiffs: from Clean Hands to Vox, through various associations and groups and even characters such as the controversial Emilio Rodríguez Menéndez or the curator Villarejo himself.
Of those complaints, 23 were directed against Pablo Iglesias, many for the management of the Covid, but also against Irene Montero, Ione Belarra or Pablo Echenique.
Despite the fact that the figures deny the Supreme Court’s persecution of Podemos, its leaders, and the long shadow of those who, like Iglesias, are no longer in the party, They intend to undermine the credibility of the Judicial Power, spring against the excesses of the political class, in the same way that Bildu has been doing in Congress when, through the mouth of his spokesman, Jon Irratu, alludes from the rostrum to the “Francoist robes.”
And it is that since the time of Minister Mariano Fernández Bermejo, it has also been perceived a certain obsession on the left with linking the judicial career to reactionary conservatism, when it is stated that only the “rich” and the children of judges can access it. The statistics do not point in this direction: three out of every four students of the judicial school not only do not have a robed parent, but they do not even have a relationship with the judicial or legal world; and one in three future judges comes from families in which neither the father nor the mother have higher education, according to the analysis of the last 23 classes of judges that ABC has already echoed.
This time the left has found the perfect excuse to attack the Supreme Court again in the conviction of Alberto Rodríguez and the execution of a disqualification that has resulted in the loss of his seat. The decision has starred in one of the biggest attacks on the High Court since Pedro Sánchez reigned. And, in addition, from within the Executive itself. «The Supreme Court presses the Presidency (Meritxell Batet) to withdraw it (the seat) although both know that it is not what the sentence says. Prevarication ”, tweeted the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra.
The reaction of the General Council of the Judiciary did not wait, and in a statement that was as harsh as it was atypical in democracy, the governing body of the judges showed “an absolute and resounding rejection” In Belarra’s words, a condemnation “if possible with greater intensity and emphaticness than on other occasions, especially because beyond generating an unacceptable suspicion regarding the conduct of the highest court of the Nation, they even attribute the commission of a crime to their own magistrates, a statement that absolutely exceeds the limits of the right to freedom of expression, especially when the person making these demonstrations is a member of the Executive Power, which places the relations between two powers of the State on a completely undesirable plane, ”the agreement of the Standing Commission.
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After reaffirming that the action of the Judicial Power “pursues at all times the fulfillment of the Law and the defense of the rights recognized to all Spanish citizens”, the Council made an appeal, «Especially those who hold positions of responsibility at the highest level», so that they «do not undermine the image of those who day by day watch over the rights and guarantees that all Spaniards enjoy in their condition as citizens of a State of Law, reminding them that the first obligation of a public official is not to contribute to the discrediting of democratic institutions and, within they, the Judicial Power ».
It is not the first time that the governing body of the judges has been forced to intervene in the last almost two years of the Sánchez government. He did so in January 2020, when as soon as Pablo Iglesias was inaugurated in office, he affirmed that the Spanish Justice had been humiliated in European courts for his performance in the ‘procés’. Then in a statement he called for “moderation, prudence and measure”, and recalled that judges pursue compliance with the law. «From the most absolute respect for the right to freedom of expression, the Permanent Commission considers It is essential to reaffirm that the actions of the Judiciary, an essential institution in any democratic society, it pursues at all times the fulfillment of the law and the defense of the rights recognized to all Spanish citizens, the foundation of our Social and Democratic State of Law ”.
Just three months later, the CGPJ moved again, this time due to the conviction of Isa Serra for an attack on authority. “In Spain, many people feel that very powerful corrupt people go unpunished thanks to their privileges and contacts, while those who protested a shameful eviction are sentenced,” Iglesias said on Twitter. The members then reproached him for his tone “certainly inappropriate” and reminded him of his obligation not to contribute “to the loss of prestige of the institutions.” Again no one in the government condemned the words of the then vice president. Far from it, they served as encouragement for the UP spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique, to accuse the president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, of having links with the Popular Party. «Eight years high position in Aznar governments. Regular of well paid courses at FAES. Almost 17 months in office appointing dozens of judges related to the PP Casado, blocking the renewal of the CGPJ. Lessons in democratic neatness, the fair ones.
Already outside the party, last week Iglesias took advantage of the conviction of Rodríguez to join the attack on the Supreme Court from the microphone of a radio station and in the presence of former Vice President Calvo. «What the Supreme Court has done has no name (…) No one believes that this kick took place (…) It is an absolute infamy, it is a political punishment. That the TS is dedicated to persecuting deputies because they are on the left puts the separation of powers and democracy in Spain at risk».