The Supreme Court has declared extinct the criminal responsibility of former Podemos leader Alberto Rodríguez, although this decision does not exclude the consequences in the parliamentary sphere that his conviction has had, which resulted in the withdrawal of his seat.
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The High Court imposed a fine of 540 euros on Rodríguez after being convicted of kicking a national police officer during a protest in La Laguna (Tenerife) in 2014 and an accessory penalty of special disqualification for the right to passive suffrage during the time of penalty, 45 days.
The court says in an order, to which Efe has had access, that “having served the penalty of a fine and having served the penalty of special disqualification for the right to passive suffrage during the time of the sentence, for a period of one month and 15 days, dated December 5, 2021, it is appropriate to declare the criminal liability derived from this cause for compliance extinguished.
However, sources from the Supreme Court have specified to Efe that this does not exclude the consequences in the parliamentary sphere that his sentence has had, once the president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, withdrew his deputy act, a decision that Rodríguez has appealed in amparo to the Constitutional because it considers it “unfair and illegal”.
Precisely, the former leader of Podemos asked Batet at the end of last year to restore the act “stolen that currently nobody occupies” in the Chamber because he had already completed his sentence of disqualification for the right to passive suffrage.