It is getting tighter and tighter for the spanish judge llarena

It is getting tighter and tighter for the Spanish judge llarena

The Obserte Court in Madrid, where investigating judge Pablo Llarena works. Bild: VDF/CC BY-SA-3.0

The Catalan parliament has filed charges against the investigating judge for unlawful detention and perverting the course of justice, Merkel is said to have stopped a bloodbath in the independence referendum

The noose around the neck of the controversial Spanish investigating judge Pablo Llarena, who prosecutes Catalan politicians, continues to tighten. Llarena formulated the absurd charges of alleged rebellion (meaning a violent public uprising) on behalf of the Vorganger government. But it has already failed in Belgium and Germany.

While Puigdemont in Germany and four former members of the government in Belgium and Scotland are at liberty, Llarena continues to hold nine Catalan politicians in pre-trial detention. This is another reason why the Catalan parliament has now filed charges against the judge. For the Parliament, the task has been taken over by Parliamentary President Roger Torrent. Three judges of the Appeals Chamber of the Supreme Court, who have always approved Llarena’s more than dubious decisions, have also been denounced.

It is also stated that the fundamental rights of the imprisoned members of parliament and the exiles are being disregarded. And the UN Human Rights Committee, which demanded that Spain and Llarena guarantee the rights of parliamentarian Sànchez to be elected as a presidential candidate, agrees. Llarena has prevented his inauguration on flimsy grounds. He loved to arrest the candidate Jordi Turull even before the second round of elections, so that he could not be elected Catalan president, because that displeased the government under Mariano Rajoy.

Therefore, according to the complaint, Llarena and the three judges of the Appeals Chamber were also guilty of illegal detention. In addition, there is bending of the law, as outstanding constitutional lawyers have repeatedly accused the judge of doing, and obstruction of parliament. The complaint, which was received on Friday by the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court, states that the continued pre-trial detention of the politicians is itself a crime, since it violates their fundamental rights. It is also recalled that they enjoyed immunity and had to be released after their election on 21. December they had to be released.

It is also said that the continued detention is an attack on the "the separation of powers, the Catalan government and the autonomy of the parliament" because the Parliament has the inviolable competence to organize itself for its function, and this includes the investiture of the President of the Catalan Government, without interference from any other body. "The restriction of the rights of parliamentarians not only violates their subjective rights and represents an attack on the institution that I preside over, but is also an attack on the entire population of Catalonia, whose rights to political representation have been restricted, since the elected representatives have not been allowed to carry out their mandate", Torrent states in his ad.

The judges who have been indicted are "systematic and repeated violation of the principles of objectivity and impartiality" accused. In their decisions, the judges give "clear political and judicial evaluations". As an example, it cites an alleged discomfort that, according to them, was felt by more than half of the Catalan population and practically the entire population of Spain.

In Belgium, a civil lawsuit against the judge has also been ongoing for a long time. He will be elected for the 4. He has been summoned to appear before a Belgian court on September 1 and may be tried in absentia if he fails to appear. He is accused of lack of impartiality and his removal is requested. Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer argues that there is no real separation of powers in Belgium "real separation of powers" and that there is an "independent court" will decide. Paul Bekaert added that since neither of these things was guaranteed in Spain, no charges had been filed there. If Llarena was convicted in Belgium, his proceedings in Spain were null and void.

But for Llarena also the chair in Spain is getting heavier and heavier. Telepolis has long noted that the government judge is sitting on a hot seat. As the new social democratic government wants to send slight signals of detente to Catalonia, it is pushing for the transfer of the prisoners to Catalonia. It is clear, however, that the Spanish penal code also provides for imprisonment close to home, so as not to punish family, friends and children with long journeys to distant prisons. For four decades, Spain has been fighting against this in the case of the Basques. There are more Basques in distant Andalusia than in the Basque Country or neighboring regions. In only 17% of the cases are they detained less than 400 kilometers from home, and in 37% the distance is between 800 and 1100 kilometers.

Llarena and the new government are now pushing the hot potato to each other. Llarena refuses to make the decision, claiming that the government must do it. But the weak minority government does not dare to do so in view of the expected criticism from the ultra-right parties and claims that this is a competence of the judiciary. The eternal backer, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, lacks courage, having to endure a scandal in his very first week.

Did Merkel prevent worse?

And somewhat aside from this topic, it remains to be noted that it was apparently Chancellor Angela Merkel who, in the independence referendum on 1. October prevented a bloodbath. It was clear that there must have been an intervention at noon. Suddenly, paramilitary troops were called back, who were conducting a military operation "military operation" against peaceful citizens. They did not strike again in the evening, as had been expected, to confiscate bulging urns.

Catalan ombudsman Rafael Ribo told Scottish newspaper The National he had evidence that Merkel had called Mariano Rajoy during the brutal crackdown. She is said to have explained to him that "Europe cannot accept", what he is doing in Catalonia. This is the only explanation why after 2 p.M. The eyesight of voters was not shot out with illegal rubber bullets and no more heads were beaten bloody. Spain was obviously also ready for a massacre, so Catalonia was also "Dead" on the streets and the use of live ammunition threatened.

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