Juana Rivas has to go back to prison just one month after leaving her. The woman, sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for illegally abducting her children in the spring of 2016 and not returning them to their father in the summer of 2017, has to return to the CIS “Matilde Cantos” in Granada after the Justice has annulled the third prison degree that he had enjoyed for a month. As Rivas’s lawyers have announced, the communication took place this morning by phone.
The judge who sentenced Juana Rivas does not see a reason for the pardon nor does he believe that he has “repented”
The Granada-born woman entered jail on June 11 to serve the sentence imposed by the Criminal Court 1 of Granada, but she was only behind bars for four days. Being considered a “primary offender”, the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions granted her the third degree so that she could continue serving her sentence from her home thanks to a telematic bracelet. However, the Prosecutor’s Office requested at the beginning of July that this benefit be withdrawn because it assumes that Juana has not shown “regret” for having left with her children without the permission of their father, the Italian Francesco Arcuri, convicted of a crime of injuries in 2009.
Juana, who has always said that she left the address she had with Arcuri in Italy because “she was in danger of death”, decided to stay in Maracena (Granada) advised by the Maracena Women’s Center, ignoring up to two court orders that forced her for the children to return to Italian soil with their father. For this reason, she was sentenced in the primary instance to five years in prison (2.5 per child) and to the loss of parental authority for six years, although the Supreme Court ended up reducing the prison sentence by half.
Now, while Juana Rivas’s lawyers try to obtain a pardon from the central government, which has already expressed its intention to carry it out, the woman will have to go back to prison, thus losing the third degree penitentiary to which she had agreed. In fact, his internment in the CIS Matilde Cantos occurred because it is a penitentiary establishment for primary offenders considered “semi-open” because in it prisoners are confined with less danger than in other prisons. Despite this, since he had not previously committed a crime, justice forces him to return to being behind bars.
“As we have been doing until now, we will use all the legal means at our disposal to correct a situation, which, with the greatest respect for the Courts of Justice, seems to us enormously unfair,” say Juana Rivas’ lawyers.