The judge of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number two of Ceuta, acting as a guard, yesterday rejected to stop the repatriations of Moroccan minors that have been carried out since last Friday in groups of 15.
The Neighborhood Coordinator -an NGO specialized in migrant children- on behalf of eight minors, had requested the adoption of a very precautionary measure consisting of ordering the Government Delegation in Ceuta to suspend the expulsions that are taking place after the pact between the Spanish and Moroccan executives to process the return of at least 150 minors accompanied by almost 700 that still remain in facilities dependent on the autonomous city and who entered it illegally in the avalanche that occurred in mid-May.
The judge does not enter to assess the merits of the matter, if the returns that are being made by virtue of the application of the agreement initialed with Morocco in 2007 and never applied before in Ceuta are in accordance with the legislation. In his car, the judge justifies the denial of the suspension because at the time of making his decision the last of the returns (the one produced yesterday and with which there are already 45 minors repatriated) had already taken place, like the two previous Therefore, “the purpose of ensuring the effectiveness of the sentence that may fall in your case has declined.”
The Coordinadora de Barrios presented its letter at 09.55 am, when it had evidence of the identity of eight of the 15 minors chosen to be returned from the border crossing of Tarajal. His return came just five minutes later.
Step ahead of the prosecutor
The judicial initiative of this social entity was supported by the Prosecutor’s Office, which had also joined the petition to suspend returns. This step forward by the Prosecutor’s Office occurs after, as ABC announced last Friday, the Public Ministry expressed its complaints about the way the Ministry of the Interior was acting and made sure that the measures aimed at the repatriation of minors had been adopted. “Without consulting at all” with her.
For this reason, both the State Attorney General’s Office and the Ceuta Prosecutor’s Office began procedures to collect information since all they knew was a “generic” communication from the ministry that directs Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
Criticisms of the process initiated by the Government in Ceuta did not only come from the Prosecutor’s Office. Within the government itself, the Ministry of Social Rights joined in considering that the Interior had not given any response to the requirements of the department headed by the leader of Podemos, Ione Grass, and that they went through working on an individualized protocol for each minor, not in a group, as required by law. In addition, different NGOs have also expressed their complaints such as Save the children and Amnesty International. Even the Ombudsman has joined in the criticism and has demanded a halt to the expulsions, as has the Immigration Department of the Episcopal Conference that on Saturday he rebuked the Government because “the response to mass arrivals cannot be mass returns, but each case should be examined in a personalized way.”
Critical voices were raised yesterday from the PP. Your national spokesperson and mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, accused the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, not to show up to explain the agreement that is allowing the return of minors and go from “hosting the Aquarius to return minors en masse to Morocco ».