The Government transfers to Bildu that it will progressively end the dispersal of prisoners

The Government transfers to Bildu that it will progressively end the dispersal of prisoners

The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias (d), met this Wednesday with the deputies of EH Bildu in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurua (in the photo) and Oskar Matute. (EFE)

The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias (d), met this Wednesday with the deputies of EH Bildu in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurua (in the photo) and Oskar Matute. (EFE)

The Government considers that the policy of dispersing prisoners from AND it no longer makes sense and is supporter of progressively bringing them closer to prisons in the Basque Country. And so it has been transferred to Bildu for a long time.

This issue has been on the table of the meeting they have held the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, and the representatives of Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua and Oskar Matute. And it will be next week in which they will maintain with the first vice president, Carmen Calvo. However, the Government ensures that it is not part of the negotiation of the Budgets with Collect.

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I. GilThe nine signatory parties urge the Government to “adopt specific measures on prisons” due to the health crisis generated by the covid-19 pandemic

From this Wednesday’s meeting, Bildu’s disposition to “maintain the stability of the legislature” was transferred from the first Vice Presidency. And this party transmitted that one of its basic demands is the one referred to prison policy.

This was explained long ago by the Minister of the Interior himself, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, although he has always warned that there would be no mass transfers. It has been done in an individualized and sustained manner over time, with the supervision of the treatment boards of each prison and in application of the penitentiary regulations.

In fact, since July 2018, when the Government of Pedro Sanchez, it has been produced fifty transfers of ETA prisoners to prisons near the Basque Country. They make up a quarter of the gang’s total inmates. With the Government of Mariano Rajoy, there were only half a dozen transfers. In addition, since 2018 some ETA prisoners have been progressed to the second degree, starting with those who did not have blood crimes and had accepted the law.

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Beatriz PareraThe contacts are still in an incipient phase and intend to define future movements after the complete disappearance of the organization

At this time, according to official data, there are 204 prisoners of the terrorist gang. Of these, there are still 20 in first degree penitentiary in the three prisons of El Puerto de Santamaría, the furthest from the Basque Country with ETA inmates. That is, it is still 10% of all ETA inmates.

In that first grade, they are subjected in some cases to isolation. In other cases, article 100.2 of the regulation is applied to them, which allows them to soften their regime without progressing in grade. The will of the Government is to put an end to this dispersion and to proceed with the aforementioned individualized approach.

All these movements are reported in press releases, but there has not been a public statement from the Government regarding the will to proceed with these gradual approaches. In fact, there are members of the government and the party who they would prefer to speed up these transfers, after a public declaration.

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Carmen Thief of Guevara

We cannot allow those convicted of terrorism crimes to use prison legislation to render the criminal sentences established in the sentence void

The Government insists that the transfers they do not suppose neither a prison benefit nor a privilege, much less a release. It is the fulfillment of the legality that indicates that the fulfillment of the sentence must take place near their places of origin.

The Justice confirmed the legality of the dispersal policy, but the Government argues that it was one more instrument in the fight against terrorismIt made sense at the time the terrorist gang was active, but not once it was disbanded. Now, it means penalizing families.

The policy of dispersion was launched in the eighties by the then Minister of Justice, Enrique Múgica, in collaboration with the PNV. The idea was to break the block of prisoners of the terrorist organization that, grouped in few prisons, maintained a hierarchical structure that prevented them from taking advantage of reintegration measures.

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José Mari Alonso. Bilbao

It is going to press through the Kalera Kalera initiative with several mobilizations to establish a “roadmap” that “provides for the release of the last of the ETA prisoners”

Isolating the prisoners, it was sought that individually they could abandon the structure and discipline of ETA. In fact, a representative of the PNV, then a deputy, visited the prisons to try to promote this reintegration. Now, it no longer makes sense, insofar as there is no such block or discipline of ETA, because ETA is already dissolved.

The President of the Government himself assured last week in the Senate that “the Government always acts in compliance with the law and the defense of human rights. There is no greater guarantee of human rights care than individualized attention. No person, no inmate, is part of any abstract group, but is treated as an individual, with his or her name and surname ”.


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