The Justice Commission claims a reduction in embezzlement and insurgency amid complaints of “authoritarianism” in rights.

The sedition and embezzlement reform will go to the plenary session of Congress with a proposal by the PSOE and the ERC to make the first offense aggravated public disorder, while the second carries a maximum of four years in prison in the most serious cases. non-commercial. . The text of the presentation report with compromise amendments, which was approved a few minutes ago, was 19 in favor, 17 against and one abstention.

Accordingly, the reform of the crimes of embezzlement and sedition continues its course and the next stop is an extraordinary plenary session, which could be held next Thursday. This will make it easier for the reform to pass through the Senate and be implemented by the end of the year. Yesterday, it was a presentation by this commission that brought in behind closed doors the inclusion of the embezzlement amendment in the Sedition Act.

In his speech at the commission, PSOE spokesman Francisco Aranda hardly spoke about reform and called for a reduction in tension. “When politics faces problems, society moves forward. When he avoids them, society suffers, everyone’s seams are tested,” he said. It was Carolina Telechea of ​​the ERC who defended the reform as “positive”, although “it is clear that there is room for improvement”. Regarding this reform, “Telechea” explained that with this reform “no protester can be convicted of sedition”. “It is clear that this is not our law. We are supporters of independence, what we want is the independence of our country,” he said.

United We Can Spokesperson later in the commission, Jaume Essens, echoed the same sentiment: “This is a reform that is generally positive. True, there are some shadows. We don’t like how the crime of aggravated public disorder has turned out. There are ambiguous legal concepts, there are excessively high fines, there are loopholes, and the truth is that we are halfway there, but this is the result of an agreement.”

PP demands elections

From the opposition bench, the PP MP Luis Santamaria announced appeals against the handling of this reform and spoke of the “authoritarianism” of Pedro Sánchez and the executive. “It is up to us to assume that the Spanish forget the darkest phase of our recent history as soon as possible,” he said. “Call the elections and obey the verdict of the vote,” concluded the MP.

Ciudadanos spokesman Edmundo Bal said, “We are witnessing one of the most serious attacks we have seen in Spanish democracy against the rule of law and the Spanish Constitution. Abolishing the crime of sedition and leaving invulnerable and leaving invulnerable our beloved constitution. Bali, as a state attorney, maintained that the independence process was not a crime of sedition, but of sedition, which continues to exist. “They are going to vote against the rule of law and the constitution,” he said, addressing the Socialist bench directly.

From Vox, Javier Ortega-Smith confirmed that this modification is a “clear and obvious institutional coup”, carried out, according to the far-right MP, “from the very institution that should ensure the protection of these rights”. He announced “resources” against the implementation of this reform.

“Try to save the furniture”

From the mixed group, CUP MP Mireia Vehi praised the “improvement” in terms of some crimes related to public disorder, for example, she said that the occupation of public spaces is “improving a little”, but criticized. that “the concept of intimidation and the same penalties for the crime of aggravated public disorder” are retained. “This reform does not stop, it tries to save the furniture,” he said.

A criticism shared by John Iñárritu of EH Bildu: “With regard to disorderly conduct, we believe there is room for improvement,” he said. Regarding the embezzlement crime reform, Vehi criticized that the reform “presupposes that 1-O was an embezzlement crime and that the mobilization of the independence movement deserves to be punished by special crimes.”

From this point of view, Josep Pajes from JxC also spoke, accusing Eskera and President Pere Aragones. “The ERC buys all the changes of the PSOE. They clearly admit that 1-o was a crime,” he criticizes, and also pointed to the urgent process of processing the reform. For Mikel Legarda, of the PNV, the reform being drafted is a “step in the right direction” to “judge the Catalan process”.

Source: El Diario

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