Friday, December 3

A court provisionally paralyzes the exhumation works in the Valley of the Fallen

The Contentious-Administrative Court No. 10 of Madrid has provisionally suspended the works begun in the Valley of the Fallen to exhume the remains of victims of the Civil War and the Franco regime. Judge Eva María Bru Peral has attended the demands of the Association for Reconciliation and Historical Truth, which appealed to the courts the building license granted on June 24 by the San Lorenzo del Escorial City Council to National Heritage, according to advance El Confidencial and has confirmed this medium.

The magistrate has issued the measure before entering the merits of the matter, considering that “the damages that could be caused if actions are carried out before the final sentence is pronounced,” reads the order, dated last 16 of November. If the work begun continues, he continues, “there would be modifications in an element integrated into a Comprehensive Protection Set that would render the ruling of an affirmative sentence ineffective, which would be contrary to precautionary protection.”

The judge considers it “reasonable” to avoid “irremediable” actions before issuing the final ruling because if the sentence considered that the instrument necessary to undertake the work “was a special plan, as requested by the plaintiff”, the decision “would be seen deprived of effectiveness as the works have already been carried out with a simple urban planning license “.

The appellants requested the suspension of the agreement of June 24, by which the San Lorenzo del Escorial City Council, where the Valley of the Fallen is located, decided to grant National Heritage the urban planning license for the rehabilitation of the accesses to the crypts of the basilica. After the agreement, last September the Government reported that it was beginning a first phase of the works consisting of technical works to exhume almost 80 people.

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