The Government defends the "legality and usefulness" of pardons for independence leaders

In Moncloa they cross their fingers and trust that the change of criteria of the Supreme Court, to be able to assess the pardons that the Government granted in June of last year to the nine independence leaders convicted of a crime of sedition by the procés, will not have a longer run, much less end with an eventual annulment of these grace measures that promoted the "reunion agenda" of Pedro Sánchez in Catalonia.

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24 May 2022 Tuesday 07:03
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The Government defends the "legality and usefulness" of pardons for independence leaders

In Moncloa they cross their fingers and trust that the change of criteria of the Supreme Court, to be able to assess the pardons that the Government granted in June of last year to the nine independence leaders convicted of a crime of sedition by the procés, will not have a longer run, much less end with an eventual annulment of these grace measures that promoted the "reunion agenda" of Pedro Sánchez in Catalonia. In the team of the President of the Government they once again highlight, in any case, "the effectiveness" that the granting of these pardons had in defusing the political conflict in Catalonia. “It is evidence that they have worked and that they have been successful. The political situation in Catalonia now has nothing to do with what we found when we came to the Government”, they argue.

Along the same lines, the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, spoke on Tuesday at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers, in a first reaction upon learning of the change in criteria of the Supreme Court. "Of course the Government defends the legality of all its actions, and furthermore, in the case of these pardons, not only the legality but also the usefulness," she stressed. “The utility for the sake of coexistence and the recovery of normality in Catalonia”, she assured.

Isabel Rodríguez has warned that the usefulness that these measures of grace had for the leaders of the procés "is something incontestable." “The situation in Catalonia today has nothing to do with what occurred in 2017 or 2019. There is data that confirms it. The report of the Prosecutor's Office for 2020 recognized that hate crimes in Catalonia fell by 62%, which is a very relevant figure”, she explained. “It is unavoidable that the political situation in Catalonia today has nothing to do with it, normalcy has been restored, thanks to dialogue and the path of politics as a tool to solve problems and not to generate them. It is the way to go”, she highlighted. “The Government is very satisfied with this. Without a doubt, one of the great problems that our country had then was that, and today it is no longer”, she has settled.

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