The Council of Europe Denounces the Politicization of Spanish Justice

On Wednesday, the Council of Europe denounced the politicization of Spanish justice. The report of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), the institution’s anti-corruption monitoring body, criticized the system of selection of members of the Spanish judiciary and demanded that the government of Pedro Sánchez “formalize” the publication of communications with the prosecution. The organization also demanded that the fiscal ministry act ”decisively” to advance its “autonomy, integrity and accountability.”

“GRECO concluded by saying that the country has fully implemented only two out of eleven recommendations. Eight recommendations have been partly implemented; one unimplemented.” 

GRECO looked at how Spain’s top judiciary jobs are chosen, calling for “further improvements to be made regarding the appointment system of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and top ranks of the judiciary.”

Spanish acting PM Pedro Sánchez was involved in controversy just before the November 10 election, when he suggested he was giving the public prosecutor instructions to extradite exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from Belgium.

GRECO reiterated that the political authorities can never be involved in the judicial selection process.”

The Spanish Constitution states that the public prosecutor’s office should always remain independent and impartial.

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