Wednesday, July 6

Judge, I am going to appeal for something that I read the other day and that left me very worried

Pablo Casado has stood on tiptoe and started jumping for the Supreme Court to see him. Here, here, I am here. I want to appeal against the pardons of the prisoners of the procés. But neither you nor your party were involved in the case that ended with the conviction of the accused. It does not matter, I am the injured party, because the Government has betrayed all Spaniards and I am Spanish. Yes, but justice does not work like that. Wait, they wanted to kill me, I’m miraculously alive, I’m a victim of terrorism. Are those people who wanted to kill you in jail? No, they released them on bail, not a very large one. And how do you know they wanted to kill you? The Civil Guard says they did Google searches with my name.

Married, hyperactive and nervous, he is so scandalized by the pardons as a measure against the law, he says, that he has decided that the law must be adapted to his personal situation. Under the principle that you start doing Google searches and end up throwing the twin towers, the leader of the PP is outraged by the fact that no one from the Government warned him in 2019 of these alleged violent plans.

The legal reality of appeals to pardons is limited by what the law and the Supreme Court say in their sentences. They can only be presented by those who are “interested parties”, not in a general sense, but procedural and specific. This obviously includes the accusations in that case (the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office) and, where appropriate, the private accusation. The latter also casts doubt on a possible appeal by Vox, which intervened as a popular accusation in the trial of the procés. The Supreme Criminal Chamber prevented Vox from submitting a report to the court on the granting of the pardon. If they did not let them give their opinion a priori, it would be very strange if another chamber of the Supreme Court granted them the necessary status to file an appeal.

The PP did not intervene in that process, but believes that the trials are like the talk shows on TV. You just have to show up there to be listened to. How to file a complaint in a court on duty. Ciudadanos thinks the same while his spokesman, Edmundo Bal, who intervened in cases of the procés as a State lawyer, continues to affirm that there was a “coup d’etat”, something that the Supreme Court ruled out in the sentence when condemning for sedition and not for rebellion in terms that were almost blushing to the promoters of that idea. Taking into account the proven facts that appear in the sentence and the assessment that the court made of them, the PP and Cs deputies have not assumed the reality of what really happened in Catalonia as of October 1.

The opposition has argued in recent days that the Government has granted a great victory to the independentists and therefore has “humiliated” all Spaniards. Married was so determined to uphold that thesis in the interview he gave to Onda Cero who said that “the independentistas never lie”, parodying that phrase of Jaime Mayor Oreja – “ETA kills but does not lie” – that caused so much perplexity at the time. He was referring to Oriol Junqueras’ comment that the pardons “demonstrate the weakness of the State.” If the state were so weak, it would not have spent three and a half years in prison.

When the independentistas assume the conditions of their release from prison, they will not be very happy. The disqualification penalty is maintained and release is conditional on not committing new crimes in the coming years. In a way, they are on probation.

In the fight with Carles Puigdemont and Junts for not appearing too happy with the pardons, Pere Aragonès said on Tuesday that, by decreeing the grace measures, the Government of Pedro Sánchez “recognizes that the sentences were unjust,” according to the interpretation of the president. of the Generalitat. That is not what Sánchez has said, nor does it appear anywhere in the reports included in the nine pardon files.

What’s more, the opposite is said. It affirms that the leaders of the procés were not condemned for their ideas, but for “the commission of acts contrary to the legal system”, which is what the Prosecutor’s Office held in the trial and the court in the sentence. He denies that the pardons “empty of content” the sentence that condemned them and defends that the measure “does not at all undermine the prestige” of the Supreme Court.

Junts maintains its commitment to confrontation with the Spanish State and disdains Sánchez’s messages in favor of harmony and dialogue. For Puigdemont, the president traveled to Barcelona to “sell smoke.” In the “reunion” his party will not appear. Minister Miquel Iceta came up with a quote from Saint Francis of Assisi in the Senate: “Where there is hatred, sow love. Where there is injury, forgiveness. Where there is discord, harmony.” But there is not much harmony in the words of the vice president of the Generalitat, Jordi Puigneró, who has said that if an independence referendum is not called in two years, they will return to the unilateral route, the same one that put nine ERC leaders in prison and Junts.

The division between the two main pro-independence parties is evident in their statements and those of their supporters on social media. Not even the prisoners are respected. The criticisms of those who have received the measures of grace with some satisfaction have reached Jordi Sànchez, who is Secretary General of the Junts. The most radical accuse them of traitors.

But what should most concern the independence movement, and that justifies ERC’s caution and its commitment not to use the Government as a battering ram against the Government, as Quim Torra did with not too much success, is the scant mobilization in the street in the last dates. The protests against Felipe VI’s visit and Sánchez’s appointment at the Liceu only brought together a handful of people.

“The radical independence movement prepares the collapse of Barcelona to boycott the act of Sánchez”, was titled in the Madrid press a few dates ago. The only thing that collapsed the concentration supported by the ANC and the CUP was a street.

In his statement on Tuesday to justify the pardons, Sánchez said he hopes they will serve to “restore coexistence and harmony” in Catalan and Spanish society. With so many people talking about treason in Madrid and Barcelona for different reasons, it cannot be denied that it is a long-term objective, because in the immediate future there are many who want to stoke the bonfire, even if they are a minority in the Congress of Deputies. .

Father Iceta must continue to use the saints to preach the good news.