Sánchez announces the reform of the crime of sedition and the reduction of sentences
The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezannounced this Thursday the Immediate presentation in Congress of a bill to replace the crime of sedition with another crime of "aggravated public disorder" and with lower penalties.
Sánchez, in an interview in The sixthhas advanced that this proposal will be presented this Friday by the socialist group and United We Can in the register of the lower house.
The head of the Executive has defended the "courageous and bold" decisions that he has been adopting to reduce tension in Catalonia, and in this context he has justified the bill that will be presented this Friday to standardize the Penal Codehas said, to the main European democracies.
The crime of sedition, which he recalled was drafted in 1822, will be modified and will be renamed "aggravated public disorder", which he considers "a definitive step" for the modernization of these criminal types.
Sanchez has denied that this decision is a requirement of ERC to approve the general budgets of the State and he recalled that until now there was not a sufficient parliamentary majority for the reform to go ahead.
But in recent weeks, he has said that he has seen that various groups have shown their willingness to make such a change.
He has assured that the amnesty requested by the independence movement will not be accepted by the Government and that with this reform the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont will have to continue to be accountable to the Spanish Justice.
"The crimes that were committed in 2017 are still present in the Penal Code, not as a crime of sedition, but as a new type of crime called aggravated public disorder," he stressed.
sanchez has denied that with this reform the State will be weaker and has insisted that there will be penalties for crimes such as sedition with penalties comparable to those of other European countries.
He did highlight that it could be a measure to continue easing the situation in Catalonia, which he considered to be "infinitely better" today than four or five years ago.
The President of the Government has recalled the support he gave to the Executive of Mariano Rajoy to apply article 155 of the Constitution and has come to defend that it should have been applied the same day that the Parliament of Catalonia approved the disconnection laws.
Unlike what happened then and that "inherited" situation, he stressed that today the Constitution is fulfilled in Catalonia, the independence movement is no longer among the main concerns and the majority of Catalan society is in favor of remaining in Spain.
Given the response that the PP will give to the announced measure on sedition, he has said that this party only makes "excuses" and it is evident with his attitude that "the virus of Trumpism and Bolsonarism circulates in Spain" and "poisons coexistence »
"We are seeing statements that disqualify themselves," he added, referring to the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, although without expressly citing her.
Sánchez has also regretted that the PP does not comply with the Constitution and continues to block the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, but has assured that, despite this, he will not change the majorities to elect the members of the governing body of the judges. "Because it wouldn't solve anything and it would enter into a very similar dynamic to the one the PP is in."
Sánchez had been defending since the beginning of the legislature a reform of the Penal Code to lower the penalties for the crime of sedition, which currently reach up to fifteen years, and adapt them to those of other European countries.
However, he had explained that he was not presenting the reform proposal because he did not have sufficient support for it to go ahead, since a key party such as ERC had not advanced its support.
15 days later
Now the Prime Minister has decided to take that step fifteen days after the Popular Party broke off the negotiations for the renewal of the CGPJ, arguing precisely that the Executive renounced in writing its claim to reform the penalties for the crime of sedition.
But Sánchez said that the PP could not set conditions to comply with the Constitution and maintained its commitment to modify the Penal Code, although without setting a specific date.