The Permanent Commission of the General Council of the Judiciary has agreed this Thursday by a majority to admit to processing the request for protection made by the chief magistrate of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6, Manuel García-Castellón, after the statements of the number of the Ministry of Justice suggesting that he was trying to influence the investiture by imputing to the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in the cause Democratic Tsunami.
In a document recorded last Monday, reported by EL MUNDO, the judge specifically referred to some statements by the Secretary of State for Justice, Tontxu Rodríguez, on the radio station Radio Popular-People’s Radio, where he said the following: «I have no idea if he has a reason or not, but what a coincidence it has to be on this day, hey. Look, it could have been a year and a half before or a year and a half after, well no. It has to be right in the middle of the negotiations. If that is not influencing, may God come and see…
García Castellón also requested protection against the words of the spokesperson for the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Patricia Beach, who in a press conference stated that “those whose responsibility it is to administer justice, some, not all, seek not only to condition political negotiations but also to punish them, prevaricating.” For the Tsunami instructor, from the statements of both, it is possible to infer the intention to influence the judicial procedure, as well as to worry or disturb him in the exercise of his jurisdictional functions.
The agreement of the Permanent Commission indicates that on repeated occasions the CGPJ has affirmed that the granting of the protection provided for in article 14 of the Organic law of judicial power It is based on the concurrence of circumstances and budgets that, analyzed from an objective point of view, reach sufficient virtuality to achieve the disturbance of judicial independence.
In the present case, the Permanente adds, “from the account of events reflected in the request for protection made, it can be considered ab initio that there is sufficient basis to admit the request for processing,” so it agrees to admit it and gives a period of ten days. to the Secretary of State for Justice and the spokesperson of the Generalitat to make the allegations they deem pertinent. The matter will then be submitted again to the Permanent Commission for the adoption of a final resolution.