divendres, 25 de maig de 2018

Gürtel: Spain's ruling party sentenced in major corruption trial

A Spanish court said Thursday it had found Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party (PP) guilty of benefiting from a vast kickbacks scheme that saw PP politicians take bribes in exchange for contracts.The Madrid-based Court, which deals with major criminal cases, also sentenced businessman Francisco Correa, the brains of the graft network, to 51 years in prison and several former PP members to up to 38 years.  

The so-called "Gürtel" affair has for years been a thorn in the side of the conservative PP, which lost its absolute majority in parliament in 2015 partly because of corruption scandals.
The PP itself was not on trial for direct involvement in the scheme but was sentenced instead for having benefited from funds obtained illegally, which implies it may not have known where the money came from.
It has been ordered to pay back €245,000 ($290,000).  

The sentence also confirms the existence of a "slush fund" within the PP, "a financial and accounting structure parallel to the official one that existed at least since 1989," according to the 1,687-page sentence.
A separate trial is pending over the slush fund. 
The man allegedly in charge of this slush fund was Luis Barcenas, the PP's treasurer between 2008 and 2009. 
He was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison and to a 44-million-euro fine for money laundering, tax fraud and other offences. 
Barcenas, suspected of having hidden money in Switzerland, was the pillar of the corruption scheme along with Correa.  

During the trial, where 37 people were in the dock from October 2016 to November 2017, Rajoy was even forced to appear as a witness, the first acting prime minister to do so.
He told the court he had "never dealt with party financial matters."
In all, 29 of the 37 people on trial were sentenced to a total of 351 years in jail.
Albert Rivera, the leader of Ciudadanos which has supported the PP in parliament  and helped pass the 2018 budget said the Gürtel judgement further "complicated" Spanish politics which is already challenged by the crisis in Catalonia.  .
"This throws all of the plans for this parliament into doubt", Rivera said. "We had seen politicians accused before, but never before had a governing party been found guilty of corruption; this marks a turning point."
"The government of Spain has been found guilty of corruption. This weakens us at a delicate moment because of the separatist challenge".
Meanwhile, Pablo Iglesias who is fighting for survival as leader of Podemos after being embroiled in his own scandal following the purchase of a €600,000 house, has called for a motion of no confidence in Rajoy.
The Podemos leader said the situation was "very serious" and that his party was "ready to support [Socialist Party leader] Pedro Sánchez if he tables one."
"No advanced democracy can put up with a party of criminals in government," Iglesias said.
The Popular Party immediately said it would appeal the ruling and that "profit-seeking participant" was a civil liability matter, not a criminal one.
The PP "does not share" the conclusions the 1,687-page judgement reaches, said a statement released by the party after the judgement..
"At no time has the Popular Party been accused [of a crime] or tried for one", it continued: "we are talking about a civil liability".

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Spanish Inquisition denounced in a European Parliament Conference

Yesterday the European Parliament hosted a seminar on the attack on freedom of speech and press organised by Ana Miranda Paz MEP and EFA/Greens group. Speakers included journalists, activists as well as MEPs. "The economic & political powers in Spain controlled the media so people within the territory could not see what was happening in front of them. Media were used, not as a tool, but as a weapon against society." said Suso de Toro, writer.

MEP J.M. Terricabras insisted that "freedom of speech also includes the freedom to say things that are not in my favour" that's what is not understood by the Spanish Inquisition Courts. The same day that rapper Valtonyc fled the kingdom to exile, Pablo Hasél, another rapper condemned to jail for his songs:  "They said I was dangerous because I am capable of mobilizing masses... Freedom of speech is at risk in Spain. We can't express our opinions and demonstrations are violently disbanded". Precisely Ariadna Suari spoke by the Support Group for Valtonyc, rapper condemned to three and half years of jail. "He used humour in his music&tweets. The argument of hate speech is used 2 censor rather than to protect Minorities". It's 2018. Musicians should not face jail for expressing their art.

"Independence of media is in danger in Hungary&Central/Eastern Europe too" said Greens MEP Jávor Benedek. "1 tool used to crush critical voices is Market concentration". "EU Commission must act to defend independent media". MEP Bénedek is very active in defending free journalism.

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dijous, 24 de maig de 2018

Spanish Inquisition issues EAW for Catalan speaking rapper from Majorca

The Kingdom of Spain is going crazy. The Spanish Inquistion Courts today issued an European Arrest Warrant as well as International Arrest Warrant for Catalan speaker rapper Valonyc. He should be in jail 3,5 years over his lyrics about the Spanish corrupted kingship.

Spain issued this national, international and EU arrest warrant Thursday against Valtonyc, a rapper who may have fled the country just as he was due to enter jail in a case that raised free speech concerns.

The whereabouts of Josep Miquel Arenas Beltran -- better known as Valtonyc -- remain a mystery and speculation is mounting that he has escaped Spain to avoid starting a three-and-a-half-year jail term on Thursday over his songs.

Spain's National Court, which last year found the 24-year-old guilty of insulting the king and issuing threats in his lyrics, issued the warrant at the request of prosecutors who said he was "at large."

If it is confirmed, Valtonyc's escape will come just months after Catalan separatist leaders went into self-exile to escape Spanish authorities over their role in a failed secession bid.

Valtonyc is just one of several Twitter users and rappers who have recently been judged, and some sentenced to jail, for their political opinions causing mounting concern over free speech in Spain. He was sentenced for lyrics published online in 2012 and 2013 at a time when he was a little-known rapper in the Balearic Islands.

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Accomplice : Basque Nationalist Party betrays Catalonia for 500 M €

Shameless. Rightwing Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) abandoned, yesterday, Catalans to vote yes for Spain's budget. For 500 M € in infrastructure projects, the autonomist party betrayed its own word to do not support the Spanish budget if the Spanish direct rule was kept in Catalonia. They said they would not vote until direct rule was lifted in Catalonia but some € are most important than their own words. The Basque Nationalist Party has all the rights to vote what they want but, of couse, but Catalonians have all the right too to feel betrayed as they do not keep their promise. For money.

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More Spanish corruption: Just a Swamp, now The Secretary of State for Finance

The Secretary of State for Finance, José Enrique Fernández de Moya, is scheduled to testify on June 5 for a complaint about "inflated" payments to the Matisreg company. The Secretary of State for Finance, José Enrique Fernández de Moya, will have to testify on June 5 as investigated for the crimes of prevarication, misappropriation of public funds and falsehood. The proceedings are focused on his time as mayor of Jaén, when he made payments to a maintenance company in the city despite the repairs of the intervention.

Fernández is the number 2 of the Ministry of Economy that tries to accuse, unsuccessfully, Catalan democratic politicians of embezzlement ...

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dimecres, 23 de maig de 2018

Rapper to be jailed by the Spanish inquisition flees Spain to Exile

The rapper Valtonyc, Catalan speaking from Majorca, has left Spain. He should be jailed by the Spanish Inquisition Courts tomorros. He is now in Belgium and announced that he will also apeal to the ECHR.  Human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have requested the Spanish inquisition legislation to be overturned arguing authorities have made use of this broad legal provision to punish satire and dissent.  In 2018 alone, Santiago Sierra’s art piece Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain was removed from an international art fair in Madrid, and rappers Valtonyc and Pablo Hasel were convicted and sentenced to 3.5 and two years in prison, respectively.

Rapper Valtonyc will go to jail for singing “The Bourbons are thieves ". The Supreme Court of the Spanish Inquisition has confirmed today the three and a half years of prison imposed by the National Court for insulting the king and singing that “the Bourbons are thieves”.

Valtonyc, Josep Miquel Arenas Beltran, was sentenced to 3 years and a half in jail as well as a fine of € 3,000 by the Spanish Inquisition. The rapper said he was only a poet and that his lyrics are metaphors. But the Spanish court said "freedom of expression is limited in Spain". Valtonyc answered that"only the poor go to jail" in reference with more than 700 politicians of the ruling Popular Party condemned or investigated by corruption as well as Iñaki Urdangarin y Liebaert, the brother-in-law of King Philip VI. Urdangarin was convicted of embezzling about 6 million euros in public funds for sporting events since 2004 through his nonprofit foundation, the so-called Nóos case, and of political corruption by using his former courtesy title of Duke of Palma de Mallorca as the husband of the Infanta Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos. But Urdangarin has never been in jail.

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Report on the Spanish Government’s Communiqué

The Spanish government issued a statement today stating that the decree appointing the ministers that form the Government of the Generalitat will not be published in the Official Journal of the Generalitat de Catalunya (DOGC) and that it would study its feasibility, despite the fact that all the members of the Government enjoy their full political rights. The Spanish government retains the application of Article 155, which was to be withdrawn as soon as there was a government in Catalonia, in the total and absolute absence of legal basis.
That is why today various groups of jurists have issued the following statement:
The Spanish Government has issued a statement that questions the feasibility of the Government of Catalonia announced by President Quim Torra. In doing so, it warns that it considers that it is the only body with powers to authorize the publication of the Decree that approves the appointments.
As regards this statement, the undersigned organisations wish to report:
  1. This communication contravenes Article 152 of the Spanish Constitution (SC), which determines that it is the President of the Generalitat who is responsible for the Government cabinet, is its highest representation and is even the statutory representative of the State in the territory of Catalonia.
  2. Article 17 of Law 13/2008 of the Presidency of the Generalitat and of the Government indicates that it is for the President of the Generalitat, in accordance with his personal status, to represent the Generalitat, and it is he or she, within the framework of his functions, who freely decides to the appoint and sack the members of the Government.
  3. The publication of the appointments in the DOGC is a due and regulated act, and not doing so out infringes Article 7 of Law 2/2007 on the DOGC. The appointment made by the President must be assumed to be a valid act and no authority within the Generalitat, including those that are now controlled by central government, may oppose its official publication without incurring in disciplinary, political or criminal liability.
  4. The repeated interference of the central government in the functioning of the Catalan institutions, beyond the anomaly that the improper application of article 155 SC amounts to, implies an intolerable lack of respect for the democratic will expressed at the ballot box and a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of citizens and citizens of Catalonia.

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dimarts, 22 de maig de 2018

Germany refuses to extradite Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont

A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain.
Puigdemont was detained by German police March 25 after crossing the border from Denmark. Spain had issued a European arrest warrant and sought his extradition on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds — charges that stem from an unauthorized referendum last year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.
He was released April 6 after a German court said it appeared he can't be extradited for rebellion, the more serious of the two charges. But prosecutors in the northern town of Schleswig argued that new information provided by Spanish authorities suggests that would be possible.
They cited videos showing violence against Spanish police and said in a statement that "the disturbances were on such a scale that prosecutors believe that he should also be extradited over the accusation of rebellion." The prosecutors argued that the charge is comparable to two offenses under German law — treason and breaching the peace.They said that Puigdemont would pose a flight risk and called for him to be taken back into custody. The state court in Schleswig disagreed and rejected the request.
Puigdemont remains free with certain conditions, including reporting to police once a week.
The separatist politician has been living in Berlin, frequently receiving political allies from Catalonia including his newly elected successor as regional president, Quim Torra.
The Schleswig court said it is "still open" when a final decision will be made on whether Puigdemont can be extradited. It said that the prosecutors have yet to submit a formal application to examine whether an extradition is possible.

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Another former Spanish Minister arrested for money laundering

The Civil Guard arrested the former Minister and former president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Eduardo Zaplana , on Tuesday , according to sources from the armed corps, who also confirmed the arrest of more people. According to various means, Zaplana would have been detained for an alleged crime of money laundering due to the emergence of money from foreigners and a tax offense. Zaplana was president of the Generalitat Valenciana from 1995 until the summer of 2002, when the then Spanish president, José María Aznar, appointed him Minister of Labor and Social Affairs , a portfolio he held about two years .

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dilluns, 21 de maig de 2018

Spanish Fascists from Cs party attack remove crosses with the word freedom both in Canet and Palamós, 3 wounded

In Canet de Mar (Maresme), about twenty people, most of them masked, have burst today onto the beach of the town. They have withdrawn the yellow crosses that had placed the town's Comittee in Defence of the Republic. They could read in these words Human Rights, freedom, republic or respect.

The group of ultras, most of them identified as Citizens (Cs) party members, removed the crosses and stole them. Members of the CDR on the beach, were recording peacefully and did not prevent them from being taken away. Even so, there have been moments of tension and three of the Catalans have wounded by the Spanish Fascists.

In Palamós' beach another supremacist with a dog did the same action, to remove the crosses, threatening the Catalan activists with the dog. He removed many crosses which were placed again. 

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Spanish supremacists attack Catalonia's office in Brussels

Today in Brussels, where five Spanish supremacists attacked the delegation of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) and started a part. The director of international communications of the 130th Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, Joan Maria Piqué, has published it in the networks, enclosing two photos in which one of the alleged authors can be seen.

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New campaign in Majorca with postcards to Catalan political prisoners

MORE for Majorca (MÉS per Mallorca) began this Saturday, from the Majorca's Central Post Office, a campaign to support Catalan political prisoners. The party has published postcards aimed at each of the prisoners, with the direction of the penitentiary center in which they are imprisoned preventively.

At the presentation ceremony of the campaign, Bel Busquets and Guillem Balboa, have demanded that the State finish "its repressive drift, release the political prisoners and allow the return of the exiles. Now that we are going to have political prisoners in Spain, it is more necessary than ever to defend the values ​​and democratic principles," said the vice president of the Balearic government.

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Catalan Minister Puig asks EU to defend him against Spanish veto

In a letter addressed to Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Catalan Minister Lluís Puig Gordi asked the EU Commission for protection against the violation of his political rights inflicted by the Spanish Government. The Minister has been appointed by the 131st Catalan President, Quim Torra, but Spanish Government is blocking . The claim of Mr. Lluís Puig Gordi complies with EU Law Government and Mr. Mariano Rajoy is not allowed to block that. Spain must Respect the 21D election results. Dialogue is the right path.

You can follow the Minister at @PuigGordi

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diumenge, 20 de maig de 2018

"Catalonia is an occupied country ... it looks like a colony"

Mrs Clara Ponsatí , former Minister now exiled in Scotland said today that the Catalonians "supported the Republic with the referendum" and they "ratified" it in the past elections of the 21 of December. In those elections 2,079,340 people voted for the Republic higher than 1,966,509 two years before.

She has considered that the start-up of the Republic is "stranded" and that it is "a job of all" to undo it. And to the question that if Catalonia wass autonomous. Ponsatí replied that "it is an occupied country, in a peculiar way and in the 21st century. From the point of view of who exercises the power and how he exercises it looks like a colony."

In spite of the high level of repression Ponsatí added: "We do not have to give in, we do not have to give up;
Spain will already sink itsel". 

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The Spanish govt breaks the law and will maintain direct rule over Catalonia in spite of the appointment of a Catalan Government

The Spanish government rule out dialogue with elected catalan leader on the basis that Spain feels insulted because they themselves have imprisoned, without trial, members of the Catalan governent. The appointment of the Government of the Generalitat by the democratically elected President Quim Torra is 100% legal and in compliance with the law. Obeying the law means the State must execute the due act of publishing it and making it effective. Not doing so is skipping the law and destroying the Rule of Law. Not publishing the decision appointing the Government in the official gazette would be something very close to a coup. It's a regulated procedure. The person responsible for issuing the publication order has no margin of decision. After publication, it can be appealed.

Lying once more Spain will maintain central government control over Catalonia after the region’s new leader nominated his cabinet. Catalonia's new President Quim Torra named his cabinet on Sunday, including politicians who are either in jail awaiting trial or exile for their part in Catalonia’s Democratic Referendum. This was an electoral promise both of Together for Catalonia and Catalonia's Republcain left. Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy denounced the move as a provocation and has gained the support of the Socialist Party in blocking the formation of the cabinet. The new Catalan government must not be ratified by Madrid before it can take power because Rajoy promised that he would accept the result of the elections which were convokek by himself. Rajoy said that when a government was elected by the people he would restore Catalan self-government. Once more he lied. Spanish far right, C'anos, and nationalist left, PSOE, support the decision of Rajoy to break the law.   

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dissabte, 19 de maig de 2018

Lluís Puig, Minister of Culture: both JxCat and ERC electoral manifestoes defended the reinstatement of the democratic government

Minister of Culture Lluís Puig, has a warning for Spain. Should it “censure” his own reinstatement as well as that of Puigdemont’s other ministers deposed by the Spanish constitutional measure, it will be acting like a “dictatorship,” said Puig in an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN).
The question of reinstating the sacked government has been a much discussed topic lately, as Quim Torra, newly elected Catalan president, has stated it to be his objective, while the Spanish government warns to take action against such a move. Puig, though, noted that the electoral manifestoes for both Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia, JxCat) and Esquerra Republicana (Catalonia's Republican Left, ERC) talked about reinstatement.

The minister further explained that he hopes that, from Barcelona, “everything possible” will be done to make this a reality. Still, he admitted that problems might come up. “If Torra signs a nomination decree and it doesn’t get published because the Spanish government censures or vetoes it, there’s only one way to describe it: a dictatorship.”

For his part, Puig would be more than happy to retake his post as culture minister for Catalonia, even from Brussels. He explained that he knows the requirements and the job “like the back of his hand.” The deposed minister added that if the Spanish minister Méndez de Vigo was able to manage culture in Catalonia “from 600km away without showing up a single day for six months” he sees himself as “more capable” to do it from twice the distance. One of the reasons for this, he explained, was that “he’s been very present in many places in Catalonia in the past months” over social media or Skype.
All in all, Puig stated that to not “interfere” with the Catalan administration, he would step down “immediately” if he saw that he could not manage his post as a minister “correctly.” “The first thing I’d do as a minister is to give assurances that, should I not be able to carry out my work correctly, I would step down as soon as I’d see it,” Puig insisted.

Specifically, he referred to if cultural politics and the ministry itself were not possible to direct “well” from Brussels. “Personally, on a management level, it doesn’t intimidate me at all,” he expressed, noting that he’s worked more than 17 years in the ministry and he knows it “like the back of his hand.” But, ultimately, if Quim Torra were to nominate someone else to manage culture in Catalonia, Puig explained he’d suggest the newly appointed minister come to Brussels, so the transition can be done “face to face.”

Recently, Lluís Puig and Toni Comín and Meritxell Serret, two other deposed ministers from Puigdemont’s cabinet also residing in Belgium, received a final decision on the extradition order against them issued by Spain: it was rejected. A Belgian judge denied the petition due to form “irregularities” something that Puig himself sees a “victory.” Still, he explained, he would have liked to debate on the content of the arrest warrant itself, because “it would have ended with both the charges of rebellion as well as that of misuse of public funds,” he stated, referring to the crimes him and his colleagues are accused of.
He also revealed that they had somewhat predicted the Belgian courts would respond as they did, since defense lawyers detected the irregularities from the beginning and sent it on to the judge from day one. That didn’t defer from his “surprise” that the Belgian justice recognized “all irregularities,” he said, adding that “it made us very happy.”
What’s more, he expressed that for Spain to criticize the Belgian judicial decision “is not the way to make friends and find allies,” as he also noted happened with the German courts when they rejected extraditing Puigemont on charges of rebellion. “European arrest warrants are a tool to create alliances between justice systems, it’s not normal that the Spanish judiciary is lecturing everyone.”
In the past few days the Spanish prosecutor requested that the Supreme Court issue a third arrest warrant against the sacked ministers in Belgium. According to Puig, though, if that were to happen “Spain would be in a position of doubtful credibility.” In that eventuality, the deposed culture minister explained that, before a justice system that he considers just, fair, and that doesn’t judge him preemptively, he would be “enthusiastic to show that [he] did not misuse a single euro.” Ultimately, he has faith that him, Serret and Comín will be given “total and final freedom.” 

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divendres, 18 de maig de 2018

Spanish journalists denounce manipulation and censorship of Spanish TV

Journalists working for Spain’s public broadcaster denounced “the manipulation and censorship” of their work in a meeting at the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday, and urged the EU body to call on Spain to respect “impartiality, plurality and independence.”
A delegation of the association of journalists working in Spain’s TVE attended the chamber in Brussels to meet the president of the petitions committee, Cecilia Wilkström. The case is currently under consideration after it was accepted for review two months ago.
“Public media should be independent and plural, not the voice of any government” said Alejandro Caballero, a representative of the journalists’ association. “People who are currently in charge of RTVE aim to hide things which later emerge as news.”
Gabriel López, another representative, described the current situation as “critical” and said that principles envisioned in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights are being violated.
More meetings with EP officials are to follow, and a non-binding document will eventually emerge. The European Commission is also expected to look into the accusations and issue a report.

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dijous, 17 de maig de 2018

The Spanish MP who threated to hang Catalan President accused to lie in his CV

The judge who is investigating Spanish supremacista Cristina Cifuentes’ master’s degree involves Pablo Casado in the case. The judge decided to expand the investigation to Pablo Casado.
1. His title it is in the same center, tutor and university as Cifuentes.
2. Casado approved two thirds (the legal maximum) by validation.
3. He did not go to class.

Pablo Casado Blanco is a well known person for Catalan people. He usually threat Catalan politicians. Some months ago he said that the Catalan Parliament speaker should remember that he has two daughters before take some political decisions. Some time before, this People’s Party (Spanish ruling party founded by a Franco's Minister) spokesman warned Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, that should he go ahead and declare independence, he could end up like a previous president of Catalonia who was executed by a Franco regime firing squad in 1940. The PP government spokesman’s comments drew widespread condemnation from the members of Catalan political parties but silence of the Spanish ones. Comparing Puigdemont “to the man who declared [independence] 83 years ago”, Pablo Casado was referring to Lluís Companys, the Catalan president during the Spanish Civil War who declared a Catalan state in 1934. After the war, the Gestapo captured Companys in France and handed him over to the Franco regime, who executed him. Companys remains the only democratically elected European leader to have ever been executed.  

The Vice-Secretary of Communications of the Spanish People's Party and Deputy has been discovered as a lier now. Between June 16 and 19, 2008, he completed an intensive course in "Driving Government Performance" by Robert Behn, a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The course took place in Madrid, precisely at the Business School of the University of Navarra, known as IESE. This program was offered by IESE "in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School".
The official curriculum of Casado Blanco presents it with a "DGP of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University". DGP obviously refers to the name of the course (Driving Government Performance) and not to an academic degree as such .
This politician assures that it was a postgraduate course: "You can say that they are postgraduates, yes, because they ask you for a degree to access them," Casado Blanco told eldiario.es.
However, this means that the course the MP has taken can not be considered a graduate because there are no academic prerequisites for it. 

It is not the only question of the title of Casado Blanco. The politician has a master's degree in autonomy and local law from Rey Juan Carlos University, allegedly between 2008 and 2009, but he could not remember whether he had gone to class or passed exams.Married Blanco does not even remember whether he was a scholarship holder for the DGP course or whether he paid the 2,000 euros.

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dimecres, 16 de maig de 2018

Belgium rejects extraditing Catalan pro-independence Ministers

Belgium has rejected to extradite three Catalan deposed ministers wanted by Spain. A Belgian judge dismissed on Tuesday the European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain for Lluís Puig, Toni Comín and Meritxell Serret.
In a hearing in Brussels, the prosecutor and the defense agreed that the extradition request had “procedural defects” and “irregularities”, and therefore the judge rejected it. “We demand the end of judicialization of politics and the release of all our colleagues” said Meritxell Serret immediately after knowing the court’s decision.
Toni Comín, Meritxell Serret and Lluís Puig are wanted by Spain over their role on the October 1 referendum and subsequent declaration of independence. Comín is accused of violent rebellion and misuse of public funds, while Serret and Puig are wanted for the lesser charge of disobedience and misuse of funds.

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Peaceful Protest in Barcelona to Free Catalan Prisoners and the Return of Exiles

Yesterday evening, a row of people walked round the streets of Plaça Sant Jaume in silence. The protesters demanded the freedom of political prisoners and the free return of the exiles. It has been a new action of the Freedom Call (Crida per la Llibertat) to denounce that, although there is already a new president of the Generalitat, "the Spanish State maintains Catalan political prisoners and that as a result of the repression of this State There are exiled independentist leaders."

 The reborn civical movement Freedom Call (Crida per la Llibertat) was active in the eighties and nineties as Solidarity Call in Defence of the Catalan Language and Culture. It was born in 1981 and dissolved in 1993 after many peaceful actions mainly to claim for respect to teh Catalan culture often underestimated by the Spanish authorities. Spain changed its Fascist face after the death of dictator Franco but keep the same Catalanophobic and imperialist soul as Franco.

Curiously the Crida had three leaders, Angel Colom who leads the renewed organization, Carles Riera who is now the spokeman of the Candidacy for Popular Unity (CUP) in the Parliament and Jordi Sánchez who is in jail for leading the Catalan National Assembly.

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