One of the open investigations into the Democratic Tsunami has been almost completely closed this Thursday. The Girona judge who instructed the case about the cut in the AP-7 motorway at the height of Salt in November 2019 has shelved the case against 48 people when he found that they were not at the scene of the events well they did not perform any violent conduct that may constitute a crime of public disorder. The resolution represents a setback to the investigations of the National Police, which linked those investigated with violent acts just because they were at the protest or even based on how they were dressed.
Of the 48 defendants, half a dozen were identified by the police in Salt “simply by the clothing they were wearing, sweatshirts, backpacks, etc.”, highlights the judge, while confirming that it has not been possible to prove that they carried out violent acts against the agents. Regarding another four investigated, they were included in the case by the Police, but the judge emphasizes that in the photographs that were taken during the protest “it is not appreciated that they are carrying out any violent action.” “They only participated in the demonstration,” emphasizes the instructor in a car, to which elDiario.es has had access
Such was the lack of evidence that the Prosecutor’s Office adhered to the request of the lawyer Benet Salellas for 15 people to be exonerated. The judge highlights from some of them that there is no evidence that they were physically present at the demonstration that cut off the highway, while of those who were there there is no evidence that they committed violent acts. And of the 23 remaining investigated, the judge concludes that there are “no solid indications that allow punishing with a minimum of seriousness that an accusation will succeed.”
In short, for Judge Juan Carlos Godoy it is a matter of saving the “bench penalty” for those investigated in a possible trial that, if held, would lead to acquittal in the face of problems to place those investigated at the scene of the events and to show that they blocked the road with fences and containers or attacked the agents. The same does not happen, however, with one of those investigated, against whom the case will continue because “he was seen carrying out violent acts” in Salt. Three other defendants, whose investigation has fallen to the Mossos d’Esquadra, will also go to trial.
That of Girona was one of the causes about the Democratic Tsunami that remain open in the courts. In Figueres, by the same court but at the height of the Spanish-French border, more than 200 remain accused of public disorder, while the National Court also has a case open about the alleged promoters of the Tsunami Democràtic.