Wednesday, September 28

The Prosecutor’s Office, against banning one of the tributes to ETA on New Year’s Eve




The Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court (AN) has shown today against banning one of the public tributes that Sare, the support network for ETA prisoners, plans to celebrate on New Year’s Eve in several Basque and Navarrese localities in favor of the members of the terrorist gang who are serving sentences.

Specifically, the Prosecutor’s Office opposes the prohibition of the act of Pamplona, ​​where Sare has called a toast for the condemned ETA members to demand the approach of all of them to prisons in the Basque Country and Navarra and their progression of degree to access prison benefits that allow them to go out to the streets earlier.

In its brief, the AN Prosecutor’s Office does not see reasons to prohibit this tribute, since it understands that “There is no minimum evidence of the existence of a crime of glorifying terrorism”.

It adds that, according to the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court, the specific fraud of this crime must imply that it creates a risk of supporting possible terrorist actions.

It is an argument similar to the one that the Prosecutor’s Office itself has maintained on previous occasions. However, yes requests that the Security Forces and Bodies monitor this actThe to check if, during the same, there are situations that could incur hate crimes, glorification of terrorism or humiliation of the victims.

This is the first response of the Public Prosecutor’s Office to the requests of the ETA victims’ groups for the Justice to prohibit the tributes from Pamplona and various towns in the Basque Country. One of the most controversial is the one scheduled in Mondragón (Guipúzcoa), where Sare has also called for Friday a march in favor of three ETA members, including Henri Parot, who is serving a sentence for up to 39 murders, making him the most bloodthirsty murderer in the history of ETA. The other two protagonists are José Manuel Pagoaga Gallastegui, alias ‘Peixoto’, and Eugenio Barrutiabengoa, alias ‘Arbe’.

In the hands of the judges

The position of the Prosecutor’s Office regarding the act of Pamplona, ​​the first on which it pronounces of those foreseen by Sare for New Year’s Eve, suggests that will maintain the same thesis for everyone else and will not support its prohibition, as yesterday requested the Association Platform for Support to Victims (Apavt) and Dignity and Justice before the National Court.

However, the last word is for the judges, who will have to decide in the next 48 hours whether or not to prohibit these acts, convened shortly after the same environment of the prisoners agreed to ETA not to publicly celebrate tributes such as those that If Justice does not remedy it, they will exhibit again the day after tomorrow.

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