Tuesday, December 7

The Government considers “imperative” that the PP sit down to negotiate and renew the Judicial Power


The Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, has once again urged the Popular Party to sit down to negotiate the renewal of the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), a modification blocked by the party that Pablo Casado has chaired since the end of 2018. At a press conference after the Council of Ministers, Rodríguez assured that the Executive maintains “the same disposition as always” to renew the aforementioned constitutional body and recalled the need to comply with the “constitutional requirement” to face the reform.

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“It is imperative that we address this issue and we have confidence in being able to do so,” remarked the Minister of Territorial Policy, who has avoided confirming whether the Executive has modified in any way the appointment proposal for the CGPJ raised in the last negotiations with the PP, which finally jumped into the air last February for the second time, after also ruining the first agreement due to the controversial WhatsApp message from the exporter of the popular in the Senate, Ignacio Cosidó, boasting that with said pact the PP control of the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court was guaranteed “from behind”.

Asked about the recent controversies linked to Enrique Arnaldo, one of the candidates proposed for the PP for the Constitutional Court and whose appointment, agreed with the Executive, will be approved this week in Congress – with the vote in favor of PSOE and United We Can – Rodríguez has insisted that the Executive “can take charge of the appointments it proposes and not of those proposed by other groups.” “He has to take charge who has proposed it,” he added. In his opinion, regarding the renewal of constitutional bodies, “the important thing” is to “fulfill the mandate of the Constitution.”

Different media have been revealing different aspects of Arnaldo’s past and his appearance in corruption summaries such as Palma Arena or Lezo without any legal consequence for him. In the case of Palma Arena, the labyrinthine cause of corruption in the Balearic Islands centered on then-president Jaume Matas, Arnaldo was charged even though the case was filed against him before reaching trial due to the statute of limitations. Arnaldo assured: “My time in court was limited to testifying in a process and I was exonerated.” Then he asked for respect for his presumption of innocence.

His accusation, as explained by elDiario.es as soon as the agreement was known, came from his role as a suspect in helping the former president of the Balearic Islands Jaume Matas, of the PP, to launder money by simulating a contract with his firm. Media like The Newspaper of Spain In recent days they have uncovered details of the summary, such as that he maneuvered to place Jaume Matas in the university with the then rector of the URJC and today magistrate Pedro González-Trevijano. Also that an administrator of his office declared before Judge José Castro that they paid commissions to the Balearic president.

Before Congress, Arnaldo limited himself to defending that he was never tried. The deputies also asked him about his presence in talks organized by the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES), linked to the Popular Party, to which the candidate replied: “They were open, plural debates, with people of different sensitivities ( …) impartiality is not lost by having given conferences in a foundation “. Regarding his professional activity and the contracts he received from numerous administrations controlled by the PP – but also by the PSOE, CiU, Coalición Canaria and Izquierda Unida – he limited himself to assuring Elorza that he had compatibility to do so since 2002.

Arnaldo settled his intervention by assuring that all this does not compromise his independence as a future magistrate and does not represent animosity to the PSOE and the current coalition government: “I do not have any kind of belligerence with this or with any government.” What remained unexplained was his conversation with former Madrid president Ignacio González in November 2016, in which, as revealed by La Sexta promised González, he was moving “so that the new one to replace this lady [Consuelo Madrigal, exfiscal general del Estado] be good. “It was half a year before the arrest of the former president of the Community of Madrid but already then the investigation – archived a year ago – was underway on his attic in Estepona.



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