The Valladolid Prosecutor’s Office has denounced the tweeter Luis Pérez, known in the networks as Alvise, for an alleged crime of slander with publicity against the mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, as judicial sources have confirmed to elDiario.es. In this way, the Public Ministry endorses the complaint that the national leadership of the PSOE sent it on September 1 “for the publication on social networks Twitter and Facebook of messages of a seriously offensive nature for the Spanish Socialist Workers Party and for Óscar Puente Santiago, member of the Federal Executive Commission of the PSOE and Mayor President of the city of Valladolid “.
Pérez, a former Citizen advisor who has already been denounced by the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office for spreading a false PCR of the former Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, must give explanations before a judge as a defendant in that case. The PSOE, in the complaint it sent to the Prosecutor’s Office, defines Alvise as “a mere agitator and propagandist of the most reactionary right wing who, in this technological society, uses the internet and its social networks as means of constant harassment of politicians who they are not to his liking, usually on the left “and he considers that this type of harassment for ideological reasons that previously used the de facto means,” now uses digital tools to spread slander and insults without any foundation, covered with an apparent diffusion of pseudojournalistic information “.
It also points to an “obsessive and compulsive political persecution that exceeds all limits, a true digital cyberbullying, which some sectors of Spanish society are determined to resurrect” by Alvise against Puente, which began on July 30, when he began to publish daily tweets that according to the PSOE invade the personal sphere of Puente, of whom he released images with his companion on the beach on August 2, “all seasoned with cocky and contemptuous comments”, while demanding his resignation.
The specific tweets against Puente for which the PSOE denounces Alvise for considering them “constituting a crime of slander with advertising directed against an authority on facts concerning the exercise of his position”, are several. On August 3, Alvise attributed to Puente “the responsibility of a crime of coercion and another of influence peddling and / or prevarication”, when closing a restaurant for “luminosis” [en realidad aluminosis] until ruining it so that later the transfer, according to the tweeter, benefits a relative of the mayor, who obtained a license.
The PSOE argues that, in addition to not providing any proof of the serious accusations directed at the mayor, it is obvious that both the closure of the restaurant due to aluminosis and the obtaining of a license are consequences of the initiation of the corresponding administrative file, with the intervention of different municipal officials and technicians, which makes it very difficult, if not impossible, what he accuses Óscar Puente. In another tweet, published on August 5, he returns to the subject and accuses Puente of prevarication by benefiting a relative by granting him an urban planning license in breach of the requirements for it. On August 6, in two other tweets, the defendant linked the modification of the PGOU and the existence of eight municipal licenses with the temporary use by the Mayor of a company vehicle that, according to the defendant, would constitute the payment or sovereign to benefit to the enterprise. “As in the previous messages there is no proof of said connection, nor of the commission of any crime, with a conscious disregard for the truth,” concludes the PSOE.
The Socialist Party, and now also the Prosecutor’s Office, consider that Alvise would be the author of the alleged crime of slander with publicity, of articles 205 and 211 of the Penal Code, by charging Puente with the commission of various crimes “with knowledge of their falsehood or reckless disregard for the truth propagating it by means of the printing press, radio broadcasting or by any other means of similar efficiency “. Article 206 of the Penal Code punishes slander with prison terms of six months to two years or a fine of 12 to 24 months, if they are propagated with publicity.
This is not the only legal case that Luis Pérez will have to face, since Óscar Puente filed a lawsuit against him last Tuesday for violating his honor by spreading photos of him and his partner with clearly offensive comments. Both the complaint and the complaint will be accumulated in the same court and Pérez will be summoned to testify in both cases as a defendant, judicial sources report.