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National court upholds Barcena’s semi-freedom but cancels his weekend and holiday outings

The National Court’s Central Penitentiary Supervision Court upheld the parole granted by the Interior Ministry to former Popular Party treasurer Luis Barcenas, but revoked his weekends and holidays.

In an order dated February 20, accessed by Europa Press, Judge María Reyes Jimeno claims that the aforementioned departure of Barcenas “is necessary or related to the reintegration process” is not justified, as well as the 48-day concession. Characteristic leave of the third degree.

Regarding these days, the magistrate adds that, in fact, “they represent a regime that is completely comparable to the third degree in the open regime, so it is not appropriate to approve this point of the presented proposal.”

In December of last year, the Ministry under the leadership of Fernando Grande-Marlasca invoked Article 100.2 of the Prison Regulations, which envisages making the prison life regime more flexible with the possibility of moving to a state of semi-freedom. The decision comes after Barcenas has already implemented a large part of the program for the reintegration of economic criminals, known by the acronym PIDECO, launched in January 2020 by the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, which depends on the Ministry of the Interior.

Thus, the judge now approves a “proposal for the development of a specific program of daily outings” and which provides for the work activity and volunteering that Barcenas will continue. All this “with the benefit of the second degree classification permits in which it remains”. “That is, according to Article 154.1 of the Penal Code, 36 days a year,” he says.

According to the judge, “the labor activity proposed in the implementation model is based on the proposal itself and other reports submitted, the convenience of carrying out productive activities to promote social inclusion after the time spent in the previous labor embedding.” in prison.

“It is true, as the prosecutor points out, that work habits are not lacking in the case of prisoners, but there is no doubt that re-engagement in the world of work makes it easier for them to pay their civil responsibilities. which, together with treatment, volunteering and other activities of the PIDECO program, contribute to the social reparation of the harm done outside of prison,” he adds.

For all these reasons, the Magistrate agrees to partially approve the proposal for the enforcement model of section 100.2 above, made by the Victoria Kent Social Inclusion Center Treatment Board.

Barcenas, who is classified under the second degree or ordinary regime, enjoyed several prison permits before being granted semi-freedom after he entered Madrid’s Soto del Real prison to serve the first term of his 29 years and one month sentence. “The Gürtel Case”.

Barcenas was remanded in custody in mid-2013 and released on bail on January 22, 2015. Following Gurtel’s sentence, he returned to prison in May 2018. The court ruled that the maximum period of execution would be 12 years, which corresponds to three times. The highest penalty is imposed, in this case, against money laundering and the state treasury.

Source: El Diario





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