The Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, has asked the Popular Party not to blackmail with the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) before the new round of negotiations that will begin to be held this week to unblock the governing body of the judges who have been in office since December 2018.
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In statements to the press after his participation in one of the summer courses at the Menéndez Pelayo International University, Llop recalled that on September 6 the new judicial course will be inaugurated in the midst of the blockade, which he has considered a “failure”, because it does not comply with the provisions of the Constitution.
As he has specified, this week – on September 1 and 2 – he will meet with the parliamentary groups and the renewal of the CGPJ “is going to be one of the main issues.” Llop plans to appear before the Congress of Deputies on September 9.
In this sense, he has appealed to the PP to participate in the negotiations “without blackmail” and with a “sense of the State” and to stop settling in that blockade “so damaging to the image of our country.”
“We are facing a great opportunity to transform our justice system, an opportunity that we are not going to miss and I can assure you from my responsibility now as Minister of Justice,” he insisted.
This Tuesday, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) has been in office for a thousand days, as a result of a blockade as a result of the electoral repetition of 2019 and the lack of political agreement. The Popular Party, which left Moncloa in June 2018 after Pedro Sánchez’s motion of censure, has resisted during all this time losing its power in one of the key institutions of the State.
Justice will study the Human Rights Committee on Garzón
Llop has also referred to the opinion of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee, published last week, which, he said, the Ministry will study for a period of six months. The text of the UN body concludes that the Supreme Court violated the right to the presumption of innocence and the right to review the conviction and sentence of the former magistrate in 2012, when he sentenced him to 11 years of disqualification for a crime of prevarication for ordering the tapping of the phones of the lawyers of the main defendants in the ‘Gürtel case’.
The Minister of Justice has nevertheless specified that the opinion “is not like a resolution of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)”, in line with the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court, which in a sentence last year defended that “it is not appropriate to equate the judgments of the ECHR with the recommendations or opinions of the different Committees of the various international organizations that pronounce on the fulfillment of the obligations assumed by Spain in the field of human rights “.